Nicole’s charity horse show is a huge success

Fun equestrian show event at Sissons Farm, Peakirk, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK - from left, Annette Beeton of Burghley Park and peterborough Ladies, Mark Hawkes in fancy dress on the horse, Kiera Pearce and Nicole Pearce'Photo: MSMP070413-042js
Fun equestrian show event at Sissons Farm, Peakirk, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK - from left, Annette Beeton of Burghley Park and peterborough Ladies, Mark Hawkes in fancy dress on the horse, Kiera Pearce and Nicole Pearce'Photo: MSMP070413-042js

A teenager diagnosed with cancer just weeks before a charity horse show raised more than £1,700 - and even took part in the event.

Nicole Pearce, 13, from Deeping St James, was the star guest at the show at Sissons Farm in Peakirk on Sunday.

Fun equestrian show event at Sissons Farm, Peakirk, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK - Nicole Pearce on her horse Khaglsh'Photo: MSMP070413-055js

Fun equestrian show event at Sissons Farm, Peakirk, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK - Nicole Pearce on her horse Khaglsh'Photo: MSMP070413-055js

The Deepings School pupil, who has Asperger syndrome, organised the event to support Cancer Research UK after her grandad died of the disease.

Nicole organised a similar event last year and hoped to match the £1,700 she raised.

But tragically just weeks before the show was due to take place Nicole herself was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Doctors are considering the best course of treatment but Nicole was determined to see the show go ahead and asked showjumper Mark Hawkes to help out.

Mark, 47, raised £700 last year after covering himself, his horse and his dog in pink for the horse and hounds event.

But this year he went one better and dressed as model Katie Price for the whole show. Mark raised more than £1,100 himself.

That total will be added to the £613 raised on the day by Nicole, who even managed to compete in the showjumping.

Mark said: “We had a fantastic day and I got a lot of support from friends and colleagues.

“Nicole was exhausted by the end of the day but she wasn’t going to give up and stayed until the end.

“I’m really glad she came down.”

Nicole’s mother Emma added: “Mark is a complete star and deserves to have his story told. He is a brilliant man and his family should be proud of him.”