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North Cotswold hunt raises funds for war hero Guy Disney

The North Cotswold hunt raised £1,086 for the forces charity Help for Heroes at its puppy show on 20 July.

Hunt supporters dug deep for the charity, which funds the rehabilitation of seriously injured servicemen and women, in support of hunt member and soldier Guy Disney, who lost the lower part of his right leg in Afghanistan on 4 July
Keen point-to-pointer Guy, 27, who rides out for Kim Bailey, was released from Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 July.

He is due to go to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, near Epsom, Surrey, next month where he will be fitted with a prosthetic leg so he can get back into the saddle.

“It’s absolutely brilliant. This is the sort of courage and resourcefulness we expect from our armed forces,” said North Cotswold master and H&H columnist Nigel Peel.

“Guy and his family are terribly popular within the hunt. His father is the senior doctor at Cheltenham racecourse and our point-to-point and his mother was secretary of our Pony Club branch.”

Guy is a lieutenant with the Light Dragoons and left in April for his first tour. He has ridden in the last two Royal Artillery Cups at Sandown and is a keen rider in races under rules for military servicemen.

Guy’s mother, Fiona, is organising a fund-raising evening for Help for Heroes on 9 August at Barton near Guiting Power.

Anyone who would like to donate should contact: Mrs Fiona Disney H4H, c/o Mrs V.S.A. Dunn, Cobweb Cottage, Bould, Nr Idbury, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 6RT.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (30 July, ’09)

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