Brighter Futures launched a Radiotherapy appeal last May in a bid to raise the £2.9 million needed to make radiotherapy treatment available in Swindon, meaning local cancer patients will no longer have to make the 70-mile round trip to Oxford.
In addition to fundraising activities across the horse trials, Brighter Futures will be hosting a lunch on Saturday 9 July with Rory Bremner, Patron of Brighter futures, as guest speaker.
This year the Barbury International Horse trials and the Brighter Futures lunch will be particularly poignant for local farmer and competitor James Hussey. The 58 year old hopes to compete at the horse trials on board his horse Tim, and will be riding in memory of his wife Gill, who sadly passed away from cancer.
James commented: “Gill always had a very special love of horses and the local countryside, she was very involved with conservation projects both on the farm and the Marlborough Downs. She was always a great supporter of eventing, loving the sport, and always supporting myself and our daughter Julia. Following loosing Gill, I felt a need to continue my love of horses. Barbury International Horse Trials is a pinnacle of the eventing calendar, and I am looking forward to being back there this year competing in memory of Gill, and supporting Brighter Futures, to help make life easier for those dealing with cancer.
“The Brighter Futures appeal is so important to raise funds for a new radiotherapy unit in Swindon. Gill and I would regularly make 70 mile round trip to Oxford for radiotherapy treatment, it was exhausting both mentally and physically . Having a unit in Swindon will help patients and their families in the region help face the challenge of cancer.”
Nigel Bunter, Chairman of the Barbury International Horse Trials, added; “We are very proud to support Brighter Futures at this year’s horse trials, their radiotherapy unit appeal is very important for the Wiltshire region. The lunch is set to be very popular as the Barbury Club marquee offers fantastic viewing of the eventing competition whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.”
Tickets to the lunch are just £80 and include VIP parking, champagne reception and a delicious two course lunch with wine. To buy tickets for the Brighter Futures lunch and to the horse trials and to follow James’s training progress via the Barbury Blog; visit www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk.