Devon farmer’s Help for Heroes horse ride hopes to raise £7,000

  • A Devon farmer who has raised over £50,000 in twelve years of charity rides completed his most recent ride in aid of Help for Heroes at London’s Horse Guards Parade on June 23.

    Michael Bickell a beef farmer and chairman of the Lamerton hunt, set off from his home in the village of Lifton, Devon on Saturday June 14 making nine stopovers at such towns as Exeter, Axminster, Salisbury and Winchester, where he and four other riders from the Lamerton hunt were put up by fellow hunts people.

    Mr Bickell has done a charity ride every year for the last twelve, with his longest ride being John O’Groats to Lands End.

    On route, the riders rode through the centre of Guildford, met the deputy mayor and in an unprecedented privilege were allowed to ride through the changing of the guard in London.

    Mr Bickell said: “We stopped at many pubs on route, only one rider got a sore bum – but I can’t say who, and we got to parade round the show ring at Wimbledon Village Fair.”

    Mr Bickell hopes to raise in excess of £7,000.

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