A PROCESSION of 17 horses took part in a charity drive for the Oak Tree Animals' Charity and raised £2,250.

Judith Nicholson helped organise the event with fellow horse enthusiasts Mandi Bell, Sue Nicholson and Steven Houliston.

The horses travelled around the Wetheral and Cotehill areas earlier this month.

Two of the horses - William and Frodo - were rescue horses from Oak Tree. They took part in the event to help raise cash for the charity they were rehomed from.

Judith said: "Borderland Stores at Rosehill donated prizes for the best turned out horse. Eddie Wannop Ltd donated the rosettes and judged best turned out and also sent us a van and driver to keep us all safe on route - especially along the A69.

"We sold more than £1,500 worth of raffle tickets. Thank you to everybody who bought those and supported us and those who donated the prizes.

"It was lovely to see people come out on to Wetheral Green to see the horses and carriages outside Fantails restaurant and the warm welcome we got at the Greyhound at Cotehill.

"It's great how a small community can come together to help raise money for a local charity that does so much in our local area. The amount raised was £2,250."

Sarah Batty, fundraising and communications manager, at Oak Tree, said: “The charity is so grateful to lead organiser Judith, and to everyone involved in the charity drive.

"The amount raised from this single event is staggering, and is testament to all the hard work that has gone into promoting and organising this fantastic event.

"It was especially nice that two of Oak Tree’s previous residents, Frodo and William, took part and helped raise the profile of the charity and everything it stands for. We are very lucky to have such a network of supporters and literally couldn’t survive without fundraisers such as this."