A veterinary group has raised almost £600 for a charity started by a talented teenage eventing rider who died in August.
Hannah Francis, of Hemington, Somerset, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in May 2015.
Thousands of followers
The 18-year-old set up the Willberry Wonder Pony charity with the help of her family and friends to fund days out and trips to top equestrian yards for people suffering with long-term illness and life-shortening diseases. In the 15 months before her death, she helped raise more than £100,000 – a figure that has since tripled to more than £300,000.
To document her fight, Hannah posted a series of thought-provoking blogs on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, through the eyes of her toy pony – Willberry The Wonder Pony.
The teenager gained thousands of followers, including international stars of the eventing world, celebrities and actors, including school friend, Maisie Williams.
Neil Brimson, an equine partner at Garston Vets, based in Frome, Wiltshire, who had known Hannah and her family for several years, has now presented a fund-raising cheque for £587.46 to the teenager’s grandmother, June Clothier.
Neil said: “Hannah was a young lady who was a total inspiration to us all. For several years, I watched her closely as she progressed in her eventing career. It was clear to see she was a star in the making, she was talented and a very determined young woman. But what was so inspirational was how she coped after the diagnosis, setting up the charity, working so hard, the blogs she posted were incredible.
“We are proud supporters of Willberry Wonder Pony and will continue by arranging more fund-raising events in the coming year.”