Dozens or horse riders have ridden through Southport as they took part in the third Susan Baker Memorial Ride. Photo by Your Southport

Dozens or horse riders have ridden through Southport as they took part in the third Susan Baker Memorial Ride. 

The charity event was launched by Amanda Fox in 2021, after losing her Mum on Mother’s Day in 2018. Amanda said she received “outstanding care from Queenscourt for her last days”. 

The initial ride saw thousands of of pounds raised for Queenscourt Hospice, while this year’s chosen charity was Cash for Kids, which works tirelessly to help support local families and children, 

Horses were dressed in pink and yellow in memory of Susan Baker, as these were her favourite colours. 

This year the youngest rider was just 8-years-old, while the oldest was 77! 

Around 40 horses set off from Foxwood Stables on Long Lane in Banks, before heading through Banks Village, Crossens, Churchtown, Roe Lane, Manchester Road, Lord Street, and then back along the same route. 

Donations can be made via: 

Account: Susan Baker Memorial 

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Account: 73871763

Amanda Fox said: “Another amazing charity ride, a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved.

“My mum Susan Baker would be so proud of each and everyone of you, all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make this day possible, our ground crew, the crew putting out posters and advertising, Freya Walker⁩ for all the social media Laura Aughton⁩ for turning out the horses here at Stoneyacre, Tom for following taking all the photos, Christine pulling the trailer, Jacqueline for all the amazing work you do behind the scenes and on the day you are a star each and everyone of our riders all your horses looked amazing today the turnout was superb.

“Catherine Deegan⁩ your support has been above and beyond with the catering and lending me your pride and joy Kevin.

“Thanks again everyone and hope to see you all again next year.”

The first Susan Baker Memorial Ride in 2021 raised £5,000 for Queenscourt Hospice, where Susan Baker received superb end of life care from the team at the facility on Town Lane in Southport. 

Last year’s event saw funds raised divided between Cash for Kids and the North West Air Ambulance. 

Susan Baker’s daughter, Amanda Fox, described her Mum as “my rock, my inspiration, my mentor, my Mum”. 

Susan Baker died on Mother’s Day 2018 aged 71 from Multiple Sclerosis. 

Her daughter Amanda said that “My mum was one of the lucky ones, who received outstanding care from Queenscourt for her last days. Many people don’t get this opportunity, as palliative care in this country is not available to us all.

“My Mum was a lifelong horse rider and very respected in the horse community.” 

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