World class Cerys needs your help

Cerys Gilbert (8) has been selected for the Great Britain carriage driving team - with her pony 'Pepper'.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
Cerys Gilbert (8) has been selected for the Great Britain carriage driving team - with her pony 'Pepper'.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto

SCHOOLGIRL Cerys Gilbert has a date with destiny later this summer when she takes part in the Junior World Trophy Carriage Driving Championships.

But the eight-year-old - who will turn nine next month - needs help in attaining her goal after being chosen as the youngest member of Team GB at the event in Vienna, Austria.

She needs to raise around £6,000 to seal her place to help transport herself, her pony Pepper and the carriage as well as to cover team costs such as veterinary support and entry fees.

Cerys, who is the daughter of Cathy and Will Gilbert and has an older brother Owen (10), is planning a series of fundraising events to help with the cost of competing in such a prestigious event.

She earned a place in the team with a host of excellent performances in competitions during the winter season and was told of her selection last week.

Cerys will travel by horse box with Pepper driven by her parents in a convoy across Europe ready to compete from July 11.

Among fundraising events being planned by the youngster, who began competing in driving - Prince Philip’s favourite sport - last year, is a sponsored drive from Wisbech to her home village of Guyhirn.

She is hoping people will sponsor her to complete the 13-mile drive which is being planned for June 17.

There is also an opportunity for sponsors to have their name emblazoned on the family horse box as well as clothing - although Cerys is not allowed to wear sponsorship names while she competes.

To find out more on how you can support Cerys contact Cathy on: 0778913107.