A 12-year-old girl with Asperger Syndrome is counting down the days to a fundraising showjumping event she organised in memory of her grandad.
Nicole Pearce, of Thacker’s Way, Deeping St James, decided in December that she wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK after finding out her grandad had liver cancer.
She asked the owners of Sissons Farm in Peakirk, where she regularly competes in showjumping events, if she could raise funds at the Mad Easter event on Sunday.
The farm’s owner Ann Harris agreed and Nicole set about planning the event. Tragically her grandad died on Christmas Eve, but this made Nicole even more determined to make the event go ahead.
Since Christmas and with the help of her mum Emma and sister Keira, 18, Nicole has managed to get businesses to sponsor each of the nine dressage classes which will take place on Sunday.
She has also organised games and stalls selling cakes, bath products, natural living products for horses and humans, cookware and dog beds.
There will be a raffle on the day with prizes including one month free membership at the Fitness Factory and £25 off at Andrew Richards’s hair salon, both in Market Deeping. Nicole has made certificates to give to everyone who takes part as a thank you.
Mum Emma said: “Nicole is very excited, she is counting down the days. She wants the event to be fun for everyone.”
The classes will range from “bottom hole” jumps for youngsters up to more advanced obstacles at 3ft 9ins. There will be pairs jumping and a horse and hounds event, where participants have to do five jumps on horseback and five with their dogs.
Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Peterborough Chloe Higgins said: “Nicole has being doing lots of preparation and we’re sure that the event will go really well. We can’t thank her enough for all the effort and support for Cancer Research UK and want to wish her the very best of luck for the big day.”
The day starts at 9.30am, with the first class at 10.30am, and will go on until about 5pm. People can come along on the day and sign up, call 01733 810383, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The full schedule is available at www.sissonsfarmequestrian.co.uk.