A WOMAN who wanted to thank the staff at Barnsley Hospice for the care her mum received has organised a fundraising horse ride in her honour.

Helen Leigh, 28, wanted to help raise money for the hospice after they cared for her mum, Dawn, in the final weeks of her life.

“They were amazing with us,” said Helen, of Foundry Street, Elsecar. “The standard of care she received was impeccable and they really helped to make the time a less difficult.

“The were there for mum, but they were also there for her family and provided emotional support when we needed it.”

Helen wants to complete a long horse ride to honour her mum who loved animals.

“Mum was a big animal lover, she used to take in the dogs that no-one wanted and take care of them in the final weeks of their lives,” added Helen.

“I wanted to do a horse trek to raise money, but also because that’s something she would have loved.”

Helen plans to complete the six-mile trek around the grounds of Chatsworth House, a place Dawn loved.

“I think the things that might make it a little harder is the weather on the day, and the attitude of the horse. My horse, Bronte, is really good on treks but if one the day she doesn’t want to move there’s nothing we can do.

“There’s that saying; never work with children or animals.”

A Just Giving page has been created to help Helen to raise funds and despite it going live earlier this week, the total currently stands at more than £500.

“I am hoping we can double what we have so far,” added Helen. “I would love to give back to the hospice as a ‘thank you’ for everything they did for mum and for our family.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit the ‘Hoofs for the Hospice’ Facebook page.