‘We wish to honour Katie’s life’: household raises hundreds for charity with home-bred racehorse


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  • A household devastated by the dying of their daughter this yr are placing a horse up for syndication to boost funds for and consciousness of cervical most cancers.

    South Warwickshire racehorse breeder and coach Peter Pritchard has donated his home-bred thoroughbred Katie Sunny Dancer to racehorse possession platform Previous Gold Racing for syndication, with the the purpose of elevating over £40,000 for analysis into gynaecological cancers and consciousness about signs.



    Peter misplaced his 37-year-old daughter Katie, a nurse supervisor and mom of two younger kids, to cervical most cancers this summer time. Having noticed a lump, Katie referred herself to a gynaecologist for a second opinion. She was informed the devastating information that the lump was a symptom of cervical most cancers.

    She underwent a course of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and brachytherapy within the spring of 2022 and initially the most cancers responded positively to the remedy. However final December, additional scans revealed the most cancers had returned and that she solely had a couple of months to dwell. Katie died in June, leaving her husband and two kids.

    ‘We wish to unfold consciousness about this lethal illness’

    To honour his daughter’s reminiscence, and to boost funds to additional analysis into cervical most cancers, the Katie’s Legacy Syndicate has been arrange, with Peter’s home-bred Katie Sunny Dancer going to Banbury coach Alex Hales. For a one-off charge of £60 to hitch the mare’s first syndicate time period, anybody might help the Pritchard household elevate funds as one in every of 2,000 syndicate members beneath the banner of the Katie’s Legacy Syndicate.

    “Whereas nothing can change the void Katie’s passing has left behind, we wish to honour her life and her story by spreading consciousness about this lethal illness, which so many disregard the early indicators of,” mentioned Peter Pritchard. “By combining Katie’s love of horses with our ambition to make a distinction, we hope Katie Sunny Dancer will contribute to the development of analysis into cervical most cancers, so others shouldn’t have to undergo Katie’s ordeal.”

    Katie Sunny Dancer is a four-year-old filly by Group Two-winning stallion Passing Look, out of the Anshan mare Earcomesannie, a four-time winner, and breeder Peter has had loads of success with the household. She is a potential Nationwide Hunt horse and it his hoped she’s going to make her racecourse debut in early spring.

    The Katie's Legacy Syndicate with mare Katie Sunny Dancer

    The Katie’s Legacy Syndicate mare Katie Sunny Dancer, who shall be educated by Alex Hales.

    Previous Gold Racing hopes to boost £40,000 for 3 charities. Half will go to the Woman Backyard Basis, a gynaecological most cancers charity which goals to dismantle taboos, elevate consciousness and collect funds for analysis. The remaining £20,000 shall be directed to Jo’s Cervical Belief, a charity targeted on elevating consciousness about cervical screenings, the HPV vaccine, cell modifications and cervical most cancers, and on offering assist companies to individuals just like the Pritchard household affected by cervical most cancers.

    Previous Gold Racing can even commit an extra £9,000 of its charge to The Myton Hospice, which cared for Katie in her remaining days.

    “We’re so moved to have been chosen because the beneficiaries of this charitable drive – particularly upon listening to Katie’s tragic story,” mentioned Jenny Halpern Prince MBE, co-founder and chair of The Woman Backyard Basis. “Within the UK, round 3,100 girls are recognized with cervical most cancers annually and it’s the most typical most cancers in girls beneath 35 years previous. It’s so vital that this trigger will get as a lot funding as doable and we’re extremely grateful to Peter and his household for serving to us on our mission.”

    Louise Newton, trustee at Jo’s Cervical Most cancers Belief, mentioned: “We’re so very saddened to listen to the devastating information that Katie misplaced her life to this most cancers, as did my great buddy Jo, 25 years in the past. We’re honoured to be a part of celebrating Katie’s life and we’re devoted to enhancing outcomes for individuals like her and her household. Our mission for the previous 25 years has been to assist and inform all the many ladies who’re recognized with cervical most cancers yearly within the UK. Our imaginative and prescient for the long run is of a day when cervical most cancers is a factor of the previous. This initiative will assist us to work in the direction of that purpose.”

    Discover out extra details about the Previous Gold Racing mare Katie Sunny Dancer through the web site and the sale will stay open till all 2,000 syndicate membership slots have offered out.

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