Six-year-old’s hack to Walton Highway for charity

George Brazier and his pony Sissy are doing an 11 fundraising hack in memory of his great aunt. ANL-150804-183149009
George Brazier and his pony Sissy are doing an 11 fundraising hack in memory of his great aunt. ANL-150804-183149009
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A six-year-old rider and his pony raised more than £1,000 for two good causes after completing an 11-mile hack in memory of his great aunt.

George Brazier rode his 13hh Welsh section C pony Sissy from Stow Bridge to Walton Highway on Wednesday in memory of his great aunt Carol Nichols, who died in January.

The duo were accompanied by George’s mum Stacie Read on her bike. They finished their trek at Mrs Nichols’ home in Walton Highway, where they were greeted by Mrs Nichols’ husband Roger, who presented them with a sash and a well-earned carrot.

Stacie said: “It could not have gone any better. It took two hours and 45 minutes.

“George was really excited when Uncle Roger give him a sash at the other end. Sissy was happy and just kept going. She enjoyed a carrot and apples at the other end.

“George has already decided that he wants to do another hack next year and I have a feeling this will become a yearly thing. My aunt would have been proud as she loved horses and ponies.”

George’s longest hacking distance previously had been six miles. Stacie said: “I was a bit worried on one road as it was quite busy but Sissy was fine and did not bat an eyelid when an artic lorry went past.”

George and Sissy’s efforts have raised a fantastic £1,200, to be split between the Lung Defence Team at Papworth Hospital and the community nurses at Upwell Surgery.

Family and friends supported the duo and George also collected at the gates of Magdalen Village School.

Stacie said: “We hoped to make £200 for each charity but to be able to give them £600 each is fantastic.”