Equestrian Stars Race to Support Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity and The Bob Champion Cancer Trust
Before she died, Hannah Francis expressed a wish to have a charity race run to raise funds for the Willberry Wonder Pony Charity she set up.
This event is to come to fruition in conjunction with one of racing’s most famous cancer survivors, Bob Champion and The Bob Champion Cancer Trust which he set up in 1983 and which has so far raised over £14million.  Cheltenham Racecourse have kindly agreed to stage this one-off flat race, to be called The Champions Willberry Charity Race, at the Home of Jump Racing on Thursday 20 April 2017.

Six celebrities will ride in the event including Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton, Olympic silver medallist Tina Cook and top eventer Ben Hobday, who himself battled cancer at the same time as Hannah.  Either William or Alice Fox-Pitt will also take part. The celebrities will be joined by six riders from the wider equestrian community.

Applications are invited from riders from today onwards with a closing date of Monday 5 December 2017.  Forms and application guidelines are available at www.championswillberry.org.uk . Key criteria will be that you are over 18, a competent rider, can pledge to raise over £2500 and are able to source your own horse.

There will be an official lunch on the day with a range of fund-raising activities to raise money for the two charities.

Ian Peters, Trustee of the Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity says:

“The equestrian community has been overwhelming in its support for Hannah’s legacy and to share this day with the Bob Champion Cancer Trust is the highest honour. We hope people will generously support the heroes riding, and those inspiring their efforts – Bob and Hannah.

The fight against cancer needs heroes and we know the equestrian community will stand shoulder to shoulder with ours.”