Horse show will go on despite diagnosis

Nicole Pearce with her pony Khalysh
Nicole Pearce with her pony Khalysh
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A 13-year-old girl is determined the fundraising horse show she organised will still go ahead, despite being diagnosed with bone cancer.

Nicole Pearce, from Deeping St James, decided to run a second day of showjumping at Sissons Farm in Peakirk after the one she organised last year raised £1,700.

Nicole, who has Asperger syndrome, wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK after her grandad died of the disease.

Plans were quickly put in place and a date of Sunday, April 7 was set.

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

Doctors decided to remove the tumour surgically and Nicole’s family are waiting for an operation date.

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.

He said: “I’m doing this because cancer is a horrible disease. I lost both my parents to it and my friend has had it.

“It’s just a good cause.”

Mark, a highways engineer from Peterborough, has been told by Nicole and her sister Keira, 19, that he has to dress up like model Katie Price.

He added: “This year I am going to be dressed in pink. I’ll be wearing a blonde wig and fake breasts. The horse is going to have a pink tail and mane with a cancer ribbon sprayed on him and the dog is going to have a jacket and a scarf round his neck.

“It’s going to be good for a laugh. Last year I got changed after the competition but this year the girls say I have to wear the costume for the whole day, which will be a bit embarrassing.

“I am going to get the Mickey taken out of me but I can put up with that if it means supporting the charity.”

Nicole’s mum Emma said: “Mark is an amazing person and Nicole could not think of a better person to run the show.

“Nicole cannot thank Mark enough for stepping in but is hoping to come down and see him herself on the day.”

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