Equestrian event organisers jump to YAA aid with £10,000 donation

Equestrian event organisers, Rockwood Events, have raised over £10,000 for rapid response charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Rockwood Events is an equestrian events company from Huddersfield that organises horse shows around Yorkshire for charity.

The organisers hosted a Hunter Trial and an XC Open Day which took place on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th September at High Hoyland in South Yorkshire, and hired the jumps in their field at Emley Moor.

Over the space of three months, the Rockwood Events company raised an incredible £10,653 for the air ambulance charity.

Tessa Downs, Rockwood Events organiser, said: “The response when I said I was doing something for the air ambulance was unbelievable. I’m shocked and we’re quite astonished by how much we raised. We raised £7,000 from the two weekends at High Hoyland and an extra £3,000 from the field at home.”

Speaking of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Tessa said: “I’ve had a nasty horse riding incident and the NHS have been incredible, these events were a way of giving back to the air ambulance who do so much for horse riders like myself. Without the air ambulance, there would be a lot of people who wouldn’t be here today. The Charity is there for everyone.”

Laura Lawton, South Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Rockwood Events for organising their shows and raising an incredible £10,673 for the YAA.

This year, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has lost approximately £420,000 in fundraising income due to the pandemic. It costs £12,000 a day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances maintained and in the air and this incredible donation will help greatly towards the vital funding of our service.”

For more information please contact Yorkshire Air PR and Communications Officer, Jessica McDonnell on j.mcdonnell@yaa.org.uk or 01422 237900/ 07384517193