Spinal Research is appealing to the horse world to support its campaign to find an effective treatment for paralysis caused by a broken neck or back.

It is asking riders, livery yards, Pony Clubs, riding clubs and anyone involved with horses to organise an event such as a coffee morning or quiz night.

Competition organisers could also add a charitable donation to the entry form of the event they are running.

The appeal, which is running with the message “I believe in horses, I believe in hope, I believe in research”, has the support of top riders such as Billy Twomey, Francis Whittington, Nick Skelton and Mary King.

Olympic showjumper Billy said: “The ‘I believe’ appeal is raising money to fund ground-breaking research in a field that is very close to my heart. I have suffered a serious back injury in the last year but, due to brilliant advances in spinal research and surgery, I am back to full fitness and riding again. While it’s still early days, with fingers crossed, all indications are that I have made a full recovery.

“No matter how small or large your donation, it could help change someone’s life for the better.”

Spinal Research will support event organisers by promoting the event on their nationwide map on their website.

Simply register your event at www.spinal-research.org or tel: 01483 898786 and a fundraising pack will be sent out to you.