Evans Easyspace community manager Kim Pearson and her horse, JD’s EL Diablo, have been raising cash for Cancer Research UK
A Kirkcaldy manager has helped to raise more than £14k for charity by getting in the saddle and riding over 10 miles across the Pentland Hills.
Kim Pearson, who is a community manager at Evans Easyspace (part of Regus UK) at John Smith Business Park, took part in Ride for Research 2016 – raising more than £300 to boost the coffers of Cancer Research UK.
Her horseback challenge was inspired by close friend Mairi, who has recently been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.
Kim said: “In July 2011 my vivacious, bubbly and full-of-life friend, Mairi, was diagnosed, shortly before her 31st birthday, with breast cancer.
“But all through her treatment, which included a single mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Mairi continued to be the amazing, strong and brave person I know.
“She raised money to enhance the waiting room in the hospital so that future cancer sufferers and the people in their lives would have somewhere peaceful, calm and comfortable to spend time in.
“She got the all clear in 2012 and went on to meet the love of her life and get married. Life was good apart from a pesky sore shoulder.
“But when her sore shoulder was investigated further, it showed that she had secondary breast cancer with spots showing up in her spine, right hip, liver and lungs.
“This time, the cancer is incurable and Mairi faces a life of more chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“That’s why I set out to raise money to help kick cancer’s butt.”
Kim took her horse, JD’s El Diablo, out of retirement and started training for Ride for Research’s three-hour Pentland Hills challenge, which turned out to be the largest ride in the country.
She joined around 50 other riders on the day, covering just over 10 miles and getting soaked on the final leg.
For Kim, it was worth every second and all the bumps and bruises just to raise the money.
She said: “It was an amazing experience and great to see the equestrian community come together to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
“The last time I rode a horse for three hours solid, I was in Pony Club!”
“I’d like to thank everyone, including all the staff and clients at Evans Easyspace in Kirkcaldy, who made a donation.”
Ride for Research 2016 has collectively raised more than £14,000 for Cancer Research UK in its inaugural year.