Stone’s Charlie in Fundraising Ride – March 20 th 2016

Charlie & Krista at Carwarden Fun Ride, September 2015
Fundraisers Charlie & Krista at Carwarden Fun Ride, September 2015

Fundraising Ride Cawarden Springs, Rugeley. Sunday March 20 th 2016

Two inspirational teenagers, Charlie McCormack, from Stone, and Krista O’Hara, from Rugeley, have channelled their sadness and grief at the death of their great friend and mentor Geraldine Mansell into raising money for a most worthwhile cause.

When Geraldine was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015, they decided to raise money to help her and others in a similar situation. Within days of beginning their campaign they had exceeded their target of £100 – and now they have raised over £600.

Sadly, after just 11 weeks, Geraldine lost her battle with cancer. Charlie and Krista knew that their dynamic coach would not want them to sit around and mope, so they decided to organise a charity fun ride in her memory, with the proceeds going directly to Cancer Relief Research UK.

Where it all began – Charlie with Geraldine and Jacob at Stafford Riding Club.

Geraldine was one of life’s characters, who was respected by just about everyone who met her. She was passionate about horses and for many years taught hundreds of children throughout Staffordshire to ride, encouraging them to share her passion and true love.

Charlie, Krista and her grandson Jacob – “Team Mansell, as they are known” – were to be the last youngsters she coached, but throughout the six years she worked with Charlie and Krista them she taught them all they knew about ponies and pony care, and trained them tirelessly for shows and events, where they won many prizes.

Geraldine supported South Staffs Pony Club for over 20 years and both her daughter and grandson were members. Latterly she attended the summer camps as Master of the Horse and many of the participants in the Fun Ride are members and past members of this club.

Charlie and Jacob at Stafford Riding Show
Charlie and Jacob at Stafford Riding Show

The children loved her, learned so much from her and laughed and giggled at the many stories she shared of her horsey adventures. We know that she would be so proud of their achievement and hundreds of people who knew, loved and respected her will be joining in on Sunday 20th March in her honour.

If you would like to support the work of Cancer Relief Research UK in honour of Geraldine’s memory please go to Charlie and Krista’s Justgiving page and make a donation.