Funding boost for ‘Crazy Mares’ who completed 200-mile charity mission

Waitrose partners Amanda Rains and Mel Maycock with Clare Thompson, Vicky Rutherford and Joy Goddard

Waitrose partners Amanda Rains and Mel Maycock with Clare Thompson, Vicky Rutherford and Joy Goddard. - Credit: Archant

THREE women who completed a gruelling coast to coast charity challenge have been given a £475 boost.

Joy Goddard, Clare Thompson and Vicky Rutherford – who called themselves Three Crazy Mares – took on the 200-mile running and riding challenege in five days in May.

They covered more than 35 miles a day travelling, from west to east, with Clare running, Vicky horse riding and Joy doing a combination of both.

The latest boost came from Waitrose, which donated £475 after runniung an appeal through its green token Community Matters scheme.

In total the trio raised £7,000 for the Saffron Walden branch of Riding for the Disabled and the Multiple Sclerosis Centre.


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The MS Centre is a pro-active and innovative charity committed to supporting anyone affected by the disease. Clare’s sister, Juliet, has MS and the whole family have found the resource centre hugely beneficial.

Riding for the Disabled is dedicated to improving the lives of people through education therapy and fun. It currently supports 24 children but its overheads and running costs are in excess of £6,000 per year.

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