Charities riding high thanks to horse play

Belsay Castle cheque presentation to the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Association-(back row-left to right) Janet Hume from GNAAS, Peter de Wesselow, Laura de Wesselow, Martin Peagam-Morpeth RDA, Ryan Gillespie -Morpeth RDA and (front three-left to right) Kaitlyn Venus, Connor Bamborough and Jordan Hartley-all Morpeth RDA.'REF 1510145675
Belsay Castle cheque presentation to the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Association-(back row-left to right) Janet Hume from GNAAS, Peter de Wesselow, Laura de Wesselow, Martin Peagam-Morpeth RDA, Ryan Gillespie -Morpeth RDA and (front three-left to right) Kaitlyn Venus, Connor Bamborough and Jordan Hartley-all Morpeth RDA.'REF 1510145675
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Fund-raising has come on leaps and bounds for two North East charities after they benefitted from horse trials.

Organisers of this summer’s Belsay Horse Trials picked both The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and Morpeth Riding for the Disabled (RDA) as charity partners for the event.

And now cheques of £841 have been handed over to each of them.

The proceeds came from a raffle in the sponsors’ tent, and the charities raised further funds themselves from trade stands at the trials.

Morpeth RDA Business Development Manager Martin Peagam said: “We were very pleased to be invited to attend Belsay Horse Trials this year, where we were able to recruit a number of volunteers, meet some new parents whose disabled children are now attending the Pegasus Centre, and raise some funds on our stand.

“To have benefitted from the incredibly generous sponsors’ raffle was just the icing on the cake.”

The charity offers riding sessions at its centre in Tranwell.

GNAAS operates three aircraft with specialist trauma doctors and paramedics on board, and responds to around 1,000 call-outs a year, but does not receive any Government funding.

Belsay Horse Trials co-organiser Laura de Wesselow said: “Morpeth RDA and GNAAS are two charities that resonate with riders across the North East and it is fantastic that we have been able to raise awareness and funds for them at Belsay Horse Trials.”