One man and his horse travelling round England to raise funds for two charities arrive in Canterbury

William Reddaway and his horse Strider, from Cheltenham, who are travelling to all four corners of England via 30 Cathedrals, arrived at Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 19 September.

1,160 miles into the seven month trip, William and Strider were greeted at the Cathedral by Canon Christopher Irvine. Their previous stop was Rochester Cathedral and they are travelling on to Chichester Cathedral.

The aim of the ride is to raise £250,000 to help fund for two UK Charities; The Family Holiday Association and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.

William and Strider will be travelling alone, relying on friends and contacts to put them up throughout England. Over two years in planning, the route uses bridleways and roads. The first priority for each night is good, safe grazing for Strider and after that a bed for William.

For further information about the ride visit, William has a Facebook page Strider has his own Twitter feed @riderndengland.


For more information, photos or interviews, please contact: Emma Walton, Walton Public Relations.

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Notes to Editors:

  • William and Strider aim to raise £250,000 for the two charities
  • The ride will take roughly six months. Starting from Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds in May, William aims to reach the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre on 6 September 2013 and to get home to the Cotswolds in November
  • They will visit four corners of England and 30 Cathedrals in the course of the trip.

Notes on Sponsors:

The Saddle Exchange Co are specialist saddle designers, manufacturers and retailers with an international business fitting many international level riders and national team members. Strider’s saddle and bridle have been supplied by the Company.

South Essex Insurance Brokers Ltd (SEIB) has been providing specialist insurance solutions since 1963. While SEIB offers a wide range of insurance products it is recognised as a leading equine insurer. SEIB is providing the insurance for Strider.

Simple System Limited is a horse feed company dedicated to providing the very best forage feed diet for horses. Simple System will be providing Strider with a consistent feed matched to his needs at the 120 or so locations where he and William will stay on the journey.

Farncombe Estate runs leisure courses and study breaks in the Cotswolds and is home of the Cotswold Conference Centre, an award winning meeting and training venue. William worked at Farncombe for 28 years and the Centre will be the starting and finishing point for the ride. Limited is dedicated to providing SMEs and Non-Profits with solutions for all their IT needs. LMNO has created the Ride’s website and supports its development.

Notes about both charities:

Family Holiday Association:

For over 35 years, the Family Holiday Association has been working to provide short breaks for the most needy families in our community. The charity helps families in desperate circumstances: those dealing with bereavement, poverty, chronic illness, inadequate housing, or domestic violence.

The chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of daily life is something that many of us take for granted, but thousands of UK children have never had the chance to enjoy a holiday.

Typically, a family granted a break spends a week staying in a caravan in a UK seaside town. We have found that these simple holidays can have a positive effect on mental health, help strengthen relationships within the family and give family members a fresh perspective, providing them with the motivation to make positive changes to their lives. The Family Holiday Association is registered charity no. 800262.

For further information please contact: Michelle Barnes 020 3117 0663

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre:

The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre was founded as a registered charity in 1989 to provide riding lessons, equine assisted therapy and horse care lessons to children and young people. It is situated on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs, an oasis of green in the inner city London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and serves a diverse community from a range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities. By working and caring for the animals, children learn how to work and integrate with each other within a broad, supportive educational experience and in a safe, structured environment.  Registered Charity No: 1045045