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June 24, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Riding for the Disabled – cycling 40km to fundraise

2014-06-07, K12 Challenge, Hamilton 40km bike ride (7)A family near Bridgnorth recently cycled 40 km in heavy rain to raise funds for a local Riding for the Disabled group, who are building an indoor riding centre. The fundraising is being co-ordinated by the K12 Challenge – Kids with 12 months to complete their sporting challenges.

Lord & Lady Hamilton with their 4 children Sybilla (13), Octavia (13), Venetia (8) & Francis (4) prepared their bikes for the day, Saturday 7 June, but didn’t expect thunder & lightning & continuous heavy rain on the day !

“It took 5 hours in the end & the children remained cheerful inspite of the wet conditions ! We’d not fitted extra mud guards, so Francis got completely covered in mud on his trailer bike. The rough & stony parts of the route were heavy going & hard work, making any stretch of tarmac a real relief” Lady Hamilton explained.

“We’re normally so busy running the Apley Estate & Apley Farm Shop, that we’d never before taken the time to cycle this particular route together as a family” Lord Gavin Hamilton added.

They cycled over 4 bridges – Coalport bridge, Ironbridge bridge, Bridgnorth bridge, then back over their own private Apley bridge (which is now shut for renovations). “Some other friends did a similar route on the same day, for the same charity & luckily got the afternoon sunshine, which hadn’t been forecast ! 

One hundred groups are aiming to raise £1000 each to pay towards the construction costs of the Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock. It’ll be the new home of the Perry Riding Group, a Riding for the Disabled group, currently without indoor facilities, housed at Yeaton, near Shrewsbury.  With the Perry Group, the lives of disabled children are enriched through contact with ponies & the new centre will allow all year round riding, whatever the weather.

“To raise sponsorship, we’ve been writing to equestrian-related businesses, our godparents, neighbours & family friends” said The Hon Octavia Hamilton (13). “During Open Farm Sunday at Apley Farm Shop on 8 June, we gave free popcorn to anyone who sponsored us & raised another £100 that way” added The Hon eSybilla Hamilton (13).

“I feel very privileged that my twin sisters & I all have our own ponies on which we have wonderful experiences. It would be wonderful to extend that to disabled children all year round” explained The Hon  Venetia Hamilton (8).

“We may also organise a fun ride in August as raising £1000 is quite a tall order,” added Sybilla.

For more information, please visit

To sponsor the Hamiltons & the RDA, there are 2 ways you can donate:

  1. takes you directly to their fundraising page. There’s no need to register on this website before donating.
  2. Post a cheque payable to Perry RDA & post it to The Hamilton Family, c/o Apley Estate Office, 18 East Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AN, 01746 762 110. You can also hand in cash donations to the Estate Office 9-5pm Mon-Fri (excl. 1-2pm).

The charity number of the Cavalier Centre is 1074005.

PS I blogged about this previously on 6 & 9 April & 6 June.

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