Have you heard about Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity and the Wobbleberry Challenge but not quite sure what it is? Here is a quick overview of what it is and how you can get involved and support the charity.
Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony is a charity raising funds to help research into bone cancer and to fund ‘Willberry’s Wishes’ offering extra special horsey experiences for those with serious conditions. The late Hannah Francis, a talented young event rider who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma aged 17 and very sadly passed away aged just 18 was the brainchild behind Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony and her incredible legacy lives on through the brilliant work this charity continues to do in her memory.
Hannah’s inspirational spirit throughout her brave fight and her love of eventing led to the inception of the ‘Wobbleberry Challenge’. A challenge that encourages ‘ordinary’ people to push themselves out of their comfort zones and achieve something they may have once thought was beyond their capabilities. There is no winner or loser in the Wobbleberry Challenge, it’s all about supporting each other, achieving new goals and most importantly raising money! It is pitched at those aiming to compete in their first BE80(T) event, having never completed one before.
Signing up to the Wobbleberry Challenge costs just £24 and your starter pack includes a BE training voucher worth £15 pounds, Wobbleberry merchandise and access to social media support groups. You will also have access to additional support including rider training videos from SPILLERS® ambassador Andrew Hoy who is the Patron of the Wobbleberry Challenge. Andrew has competed at 7 Olympic Games and supports Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity by helping and inspiring the Wobbleberries on their journey.
The Wobbleberry Challenge was founded by Sally Barr as a way of raising money for Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Challenge. Sally was joined by Georgie Horrell, who came up with the name, Julia Godbold, who manages the finances and regional groups and Sam Elms, who manages the PR and marketing. The four founders are immensely humbled by the number of people who have expressed a desire to join them in raising money in Hannah’s name.
When you sign up you must commit to raising a minimum of £50 and so far the Wobbleberry Challenge has raised over £261,278 with over 1,200 initially signing up to the challenge. The Wobbleberry Challenge epitomises everything Hannah stood for – bravery, determination and a passion for eventing. It continues to go from strength to strength and 2018 looks to be another exciting year for the Wobbleberries!