Community urged to back second Susan Baker Memorial Horse Ride

Community urged to back second Susan Baker Memorial Horse Ride

by Henry James (August 2022)

PEOPLE are being urged to support the second Susan Baker Memorial Horse Ride, which is set to take place on Sunday, August 28.

Susan Baker died aged 71 on Mother’s Day in 2018 from Multiple Sclerosis after being cared for at Queenscourt Hospice in Southport.

Last year Susan’s daughter Amanda Fox and her friend Jacqueline Barlow organised the first horse ride and raised more than £5,000 for Queenscourt Hospice.

Jacqueline Barlow and Amanda Fox said: “This is our second annual ride, and we are once again travelling down Lord Street which was a highlight of last year's ride. So much so that this year we are going the full length and back.

“We raised more than £5,000 for Queenscourt Hospice and what a beautiful and successful day for Banks, Churchtown and Southport also. We hope for the same success this year.

“This year we have two charities we are collecting for. Cash for Kids and North West Air Ambulance and any donations would be most appreciated.

“Anyone that would like to donate can do so by contacting Jacqueline Barlow at for bank transfer details. Or cheque or cash.

“It will be great for local businesses and the ride if Banks, Churchtown and Southport all come together and we have a great day together. Collection buckets will be running alongside the ride with our fabulous groundcrew.”

The route will start from the stables at Long Lane, Banks leaving at noon. They hope to reach the Plough roundabout at about 12.30pm-12.45pm, and Botanic Gardens/Churchtown at 1pm-1.15pm.

The rides will then travel along Mill Lane and will arrive at Roe Lane between 1.15pm and 1.30pm.

They will then go past The Mount at about 1.35pm and travel onto Lord Street at about 1.35pm-1.45pm.

The riders will then go the full length of Lord Street turning round at Duke Street roundabout, and pulling into Garrick Parade at 1.50pm-2pm.

They will turn left onto Kingsway and right onto the Promenade at 2.10pm/2.20pm. The riders will go back onto Lord Street from Nevill Street at about 2.25pm.

Jacqueline Barlow and Amanda Fox added: “We will then retrace our steps back to the stables in Long Lane, Banks, so if you miss us on the way out catch us on the way back using our approximate timings to work out when we will be coming near you.

“We hope this spectacular event will bring people to the town, so businesses as well as the charities benefit in memoriam to Susan Baker.

“Keeping her memory and life of dedication to horses alive.”

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