Shire and Shetland collect presents for children’s hospice

  • A Shire horse and a Shetland pony have helped raise funds for a children’s charity.

    Gentle giant Beamish and his diminutive companion Lady Penelope were at this year’s Westcountry Equine Fair in Exeter (12-13 December) supporting the Children’s Hospice South West.

    The charity has three hospices in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, where life-limited children and their families can spend time for respite and care.

    Beamish is a regular visitor to the hospice’s Little Bridge House in Fremington, Devon, with his owner Diana Mcfeat.

    Beamish was retired from the show ring four years ago after a successful career with wins at three county shows.

    Children with serious illness, communication difficulties and profound disabilities enjoy spending time with the 18.2hh horse at the hospice.

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    Little Bridge House also arranges special visits to the farm where the 14-year-old gelding is kept.

    “He used take part in young handlers classes and has always had an amazing relationship with kids, so I contacted the hospice,” Diana told H&H.

    “It’s good to be able to give something back with your horse.”

    Jessica Tropman, owner of Lady Penelope, met Diana and Beamish at last year’s Westcountry Equine Fair.

    “Diana’s work with Beamish inspired me to do some charity work of my own and join her in fundraising for the hospice,” she said.

    Beamish and Lady Penelope raised over £600 at this year’s fair. The funds will buy presents for the children at Children’s Hospice South West.

    This Christmas, Beamish will be providing a special service delivering presents to children at Little Bridge House.

    For more information on Children’s Hospice South West visit: www.chsw.org.uk

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