Young performers ride on horseback to aid charity

This Is Wiltshire: Riders taking part in a fancy dress dressage display at Wickstead Farm, Highworth, in aid of Comic Relief Buy this photo » Riders taking part in a fancy dress dressage display at Wickstead Farm, Highworth, in aid of Comic Relief

JAMES Bond and Disney princesses were just some of the characters who starred in a fundraiser on horseback this weekend.

Twenty-four members of Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre, in Highworth, took part in a show in aid of Comic Relief on Saturday.

The event raised more than £2,290 and yard manager Jo Stride said it was a great success.

“There was a really good standard. The audience seemed to be impressed and most people said it was really good and put money in the buckets,” she said.

“The performers have really been looking forward to it. It is the first time we have done anything like it and I am sure we will do it again.”

Performers ranged from four to 20 years old. The show, which lasted about two hours, included a princess song from Cinderella, music from Austin Powers, Under The Sea from the Little Mermaid, and music from James Bond and Grease.

Jo said: “It was a team activity so they all joined in and all got dressed up in fancy dress. They love to dress up and put on a show. All the children have been great sports and very committed to rehearsing.”

The routines were put together by the performers and Jo, and about 100 people came to watch the performance.

Red Nose Day, which took place on Friday, saw hundreds of people taking part in fundraisers across the town.

The money raised by the event will help people across Africa and in the UK.

In the UK, Red Nose Day cash helps a wide range of people including isolated and vulnerable young carers, disadvantaged communities living with poor mental and physical health, and supports survivors of domestic violence.

In Africa, Red Nose Day cash supports a wide spectrum of projects such as helping communities living in poverty get the healthcare they need, and providing regular access to clean water.

To sponsor the Wickstead team, people can visit the website http://my.rednoseday.com/ sponsor/Wickstead1.

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