Jamie-Leigh steps out in support of Forces veterans

A long-distance charity walk from the Welsh to the Scottish border in aid of a Borders-based charity is under way.

Friday, 14th July 2017, 8:12 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 7:44 am
Jaime-Leigh Southon who is doing a 700km walk for Horses for Forces.

Jaimie-Leigh Southan is walking 700km in support of the Horses for Forces programme run by Sue Brewis at Horse Time in Little Swinton.

Jaime’s sister, Pippa, is yard manager there so when she heard how the charity helps veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) she decided to do her bit.

“This is such an awesome charity,” said Jaime-Leigh. “My aim is to raise enough money for five Forces guys to go through Horses for Forces PTDS workshop. Hopefully we’ll end up helping more but five is a fabulous start.”

She has raised over £2,700 towards her £3,500 target.

She set off from Builth Wells last Thursday, following the route of Offa’s Dyke. She will then cut across to join the Pennine Way and aims to finish in Kirk Yetholm on July 20.

A group of local riders and Forces veterans are hoping to meet her there to ride the last few miles to Little Swinton.

“We’re really keen to raise awareness and funds so we can continue to deliver and expand the service to meet the frighteningly high need, even locally,” said Ed Swales, from Berwick, an ex-captain of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

To donate, visit https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/horse-time-horses-for-forces

Horse Time also assists at the Grove School and Northstar in Berwick.