Castle horse ride raises over £8k for Macmillan

Macmillan organisers and volunteers Nancy Blake, Maria Hopwood, Brenda Greaves and Christine Griffin see rider Jenny Rivett and horse Freya on their way  PHOTO: Tim Williams
Macmillan organisers and volunteers Nancy Blake, Maria Hopwood, Brenda Greaves and Christine Griffin see rider Jenny Rivett and horse Freya on their way PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Belvoir Castle was once again the venue for a charity horse ride which raised over £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

More than 150 riders of all ages enjoyed the tranquillity of the estate on Sunday by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

Belvoir Castle provides the scenic backdrop for the Macmillan ride 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Belvoir Castle provides the scenic backdrop for the Macmillan ride PHOTO: Tim Williams

The ride is an annual event organised by Christine Griffin and Brenda Greaves and the Melton branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Brenda said: “It was a fantastic day weather wise, bright clear sunshine all day showing up the wonderful views.

“Profound thanks to their graces, the Duke and Duchess, for allowing the ride to take place through such glorious countryside.”

The route is approximately 15 miles and takes riders through the woods on Jubilee Way, to The Wheel at Branston, along Knipton Reservoir, finishing back in the grounds of Belvoir Castle.

Riders and horses make their way through the Belvoir Estate countryside  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Riders and horses make their way through the Belvoir Estate countryside PHOTO: Tim Williams

Brenda added: “I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the stewards who helped on the day, some Macmillan committee members, others volunteers, for whom we are so grateful.”

The highest single contribution came from Emily Setchell, of Hugglescote, who raised £1,533.