Phoebe’s hacks raise hun­dreds for horses

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

NINE-YEAR-OLD Phoebe Sykes from Brock­holes raised £370 by tak­ing on Brooke’s #MyHackathon chal­lenge with her Shet­land pony Molly.

To­gether they rode 100 miles in 100 days to raise £100 for equine wel­fare char­ity, Brooke, to help im­prove the lives of work­ing horses, don­keys and mules in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Phoebe, who started rid­ing aged two, smashed her orig­i­nal fundrais­ing tar­get and has been work­ing hard to fit in her rides around her school work and other hob­bies.

Her mum Cathy, who ac­com­pa­nied her on the rides, said: “Phoebe has al­ways liked to raise money for char­ity… when she saw an ad­vert for the Brooke char­ity she wanted to help.”

#MyHackathon is part of Brooke’s How The Other Horse Lives cam­paign, which aims to raise aware­ness of the needs of work­ing equines in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

It shows what they en­dure on a daily ba­sis com­pared to well-kept horses here in the UK.

Cathy added: “We thought the Shop man­ager Becky Hes­ling (left) and shop as­sis­tant Yolande Sykes smile as Town le­gend Andy Booth tucks into a sand­wich at Jakeys Sand­wich Shop in Holm­firth chal­lenge would be sim­ple as we hack to­gether a lot, how­ever, with spend­ing most week­ends over the sum­mer com­pet­ing and fight­ing the Bri­tish weather, fit­ting the miles in has been a chal­lenge.

“We’ve been caught out in the dusk, fog and had some early starts be­fore school to fin­ish.”

Phoebe’s side­kick, Molly the pony, was res­cued from a gar­den when she was a foal.

Cathy bought her to keep their other horse com­pany. How­ever, Phoebe and Molly’s bond soon grew and they be­gan com­pet­ing to­gether with #MyHackathon their lat­est chal­lenge.

She said: “Both Phoebe and I have en­joyed the Hackathon; we have ex­plored some new routes around home and fur­ther afield and would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to oth­ers.”

Brooke is an in­ter­na­tional char­ity that im­proves the lives of work­ing horses, don­keys and mules which give peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing world the op­por­tu­nity to work their way out of poverty.

To spon­sor Phoebe visit www.just­giv­­ing/cather­inephoebe

To find out more about Brooke and #MyHackathon visit www.the­­horse.

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