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Daisy completes epic 1,000 mile journey

Daisy, 73, completes epic 1,000-mile horse and waggon journey, raising over £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Daisy Sadler, 73, along with draft horses Olive and Arthur, arrived safely back home in Tadmarton, Banbury on 22nd September after completing an epic 1,000-mile journey, from Banbury, Oxfordshire to Falkirk, Scotland, and back, in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

Inspired by the tragic story of Imogen Whitby, a two-year-old who died of a brain tumour in January 2017, Daisy’s originally hoped to raise £5,000 for the charity, but that total now exceeds over £20,000 with more donations still to be added.

The charity, who receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations, expect Daisy’s total fund more than 80 days of research in brain tumours, which are currently the biggest cancer killer of children and under-40s in the UK.

Daisy, along with horses Olive and Arthur, and dog, Tad, left Banbury on the 22nd April. Olive, 13 and half-brother Arthur, 11 weigh nearly two tonnes between them and have lived with Daisy since they were imported from Germany in 2013. The Belgium draft horse, also known as a Brabant, is one of the strongest of the heavy horse breeds and able to pull tremendous weights.

Daisy Sadler epic fundraising journey
Daisy with horses Olive and Arthur arriving home in Tadmarton, Banbury on 22nd September

Daisy said: “I have been over-whelmed by the support we have received, and the generosity of everyone who has donated. While the journey itself wasn’t without its fair share of challenges, I am so proud of Olive and Arthur, and humbled by the kindness that was shown to us by so many. I set off with a goal to raise £5,000 for the charity, so to be able to raise so much more for such a worthwhile cause, is incredible.”

Daisy’s half-way point was the Kelpies, in Falkirk, which consists of two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures and serves as a monument to the horse powered heritage in Scotland.

Geraldine Pipping, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “All of us at The Brain Tumour Charity were deeply moved by Imogen’s story and by her parents’ determination to help others following their terrible loss. It is a fierce reminder of why we must find a cure for brain tumours, which kill more children in the UK than any other form of cancer. We are hugely grateful to Daisy for raising awareness and vital funds for brain tumours, so that young lives are saved, and more families are spared the heartache caused by this devastating disease.”

Followers can still keep up to date with Daisy, Olive and Arthur via Facebook (search ‘Syds Plods Goes North’) and donate to the Imogen Whitby Fund via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sydsplodsgoesnorth or by texting ‘SYDS73’ followed by the donation amount (i.e. SYDS73 £5) to 70070.

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