To kick off her fundraising in 2015, Claire Lomas came up with the brilliantly named Pogo Pandemonium. Last Saturday jockeys and eventers came together at Newbury Racecourse to race against the clock on Pogo sticks rather than horses and raise crucial funds for nsif!
A total of 160 people turned up to the event and having left their trusty steeds in the stables, the racers had to rely on their balance and skill rather than their horses’ speed or agility. This made for a wonderful night full of fun activities.
The Pogo competition was a race against the clock, which was not only enjoyable for those taking part, but also for those watching! Although some pogo-ing attempts could only be described as unsuccessful, the event itself was a huge success, with jockeys Dominic Elsworth, Choc Thornton, eventer Lucy Jackson and many others taking part. Ginny Howe, an international events rider, tweeted, “Fantastic evening last night for an amazing charity!”
Having already raised over £100,000 pounds for nsif last year, Claire’s ambition for this year is no less and she was delighted that Pogo Pandemonium raised thousands through ticket sales, a raffle and some inspired betting throughout the night. “Absolutely thrilled that last night’s Pogo Pandemonium raised over £7200 for nsif!” tweeted Claire.
Her drive to fundraise for a charity that is so close to home is inspirational and we are delighted to have her untiring support as a patron.
On behalf of everyone at nsif we would like to thank Claire and everyone who took part in the event. We would also like to thank the main event sponsor, Dodson & Horrell, and the other sponsors Horse & Hound, Show Hire, Glenway Trophies & Awards and Aardvark Safaris for their support and help in making the night a success.