Froot, wife of yard photographer, sweepstake organiser and owner Mick Atkin's has been selected to take part in this years Macmillan Charity Race at York Races on 14th June 2014. Froot has been to the yard many times but never to ride out!
Froot on Al Enbess
"I was present at York Racecourse on 15 June 2013 watching the MACMILLAN CHARITY RACE and became inspired by my friend Polly Marr and the other participants and learning of their individual stories and their associations with MACMILLAN. I was quite simply humbled by their efforts.
I decided there and then to make it my goal to contribute to such a great worthwhile charity, whilst making a dream reality - to RACE RIDE !
Applying for the race was one thing but to be accepted was something else ! I should imagine taking part will be even more. I am not sure whether being told (at 56yrs of age) I am officially the oldest competitor in the race will bring added pressure or not, but to gallop (hopefully!!!) down The KnavesmIre in front of an anticpated large crowd is now the reality !
I am to be trained by RUTH CARR, one of the North's leading trainers and well respected former jockey herself - she has kindly agreed to take me under her wing. After weeks of work riding I hope Ruth can find me a suitable and forgiving horse. I am to attend the Doncaster Racing School for a "crash-course" ( I would prefer to keep the word "crash" out of anything for the foreseeable future ) and receive some expert tuition from former Champion jockey, Kevin Darley.
One thing is for sure that as I finally gallop down the straight in whatever position, I will surely have in heart and mind several of my deceased family members who all received the extraordinary compassionate care in their final days from MACMILLAN.
My target is £10,000.00p and I sincerely hope you can help in any way possible by donating anything you can to the great charity that is MACMIILLAN."
Froot on Hab Reeh
"Macmillan is a fantastic charity that provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. According to the stats one in three of us will get cancer and two million of us are living with it - so dig deep and help Froot reach her goal of £10,000!"
- Ruth Carr
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