Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Riders' legacy in memory of Wendy

Photo 1: Members of Limpsfield Riding Club at the air ambulance base at Marden

Photo 2: The 2015 Wendy Norris Memorial Fun Ride

Photo 3: Wendy Norris

MEMBERS of Limpsfield Riding Club have helped raise more than £7,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance from an annual ride in memory of a former colleague.

Wendy Norris, 47, was working at a yard in Tatsfield when she suffered a brain aneurysm in September, 2013. She was taken to the specialist neurological unit at St George’s Hospital in London where she sadly later passed away.

Club chairman Alex Bonnell said: “On the evening Wendy was taken ill the air ambulance team attended my yard and their professional and calm approach meant we knew she was in their best hands.

“Knowing after Wendy died that the air ambulance was reliant on charity funding, I felt that something to remember her and to help raise funds for them would be a lasting legacy and the memorial ride was born.”

More than 70 riders took part in this year’s Wendy Norris Memorial Fun Ride at Lingfield Lodge Farm, in Marsh Green. They raised a total of £3,775 which was match-funded by air ambulance sponsors Fidelity Worldwide Investment.

On Friday, (November 20th), they were given a tour of the air ambulance base at Marden as they presented their cheque to the pilot, doctor and paramedic, and they watched as the helicopter landed following a callout.

Each flying mission costs about £2,500 so the £12,350 raised from the ride so far is enough to potentially help save five lives. Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has attended almost 2,000 callouts so far this year, 40 of them equestrian accidents.

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