A LOCAL woman led a horseback ride to the Tennyson Monument on Remembrance Sunday to raise money for two worthy causes.

Last year, Kirsty Newnham and two friends set out to do the same ride, but just before reaching Tennyson, she received a phone call saying that her little boy’s dad, Imran Shaikh, had died suddenly of ischemic heart disease, or otherwise known as sudden death syndrome.

This year’s ride was in memory of Imran and to mark Remembrance Sunday, with 10 people on horseback and around 12 people on foot with their dogs.

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Kirsty thought she would create something special for the Island horse community and raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the British Legion by organising the ride to Tennyson for the two minutes silence.

She has raised money by selling rosettes and setting up donation pages, selling over 60 rosettes, and so far, raising £276

Kirsty said: “People have been so generous and kind with their donations.

“People were saying it was very moving watching us ride up as it looked like the infantry on horseback as there were three lines of horses, and some said it brought a tear to their eye.

“I personally think it was a success and look forward to organising another next year.”