Meet Daisy
(High Offley Business Centre)

We’ve been a team since October 2017 when I finally persuaded my mum to let me try her. Otherwise known as ‘Daisy the Dinosaur, she’s now 17years old and is still loving life and showjumping, we hack out regularly in the Lincolnshire wolds between competing to keep her mind fresh and take the best care of her possible being based at Louis Stud. But with her being big, strong and powerful its quite the opposite to me being small, sometimes poorly and weak. Somehow, something just works with us though, she listens to me (but we let her think she’s in charge!) and thrives in a competitive environment where we can have some fun in the show ring. 
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Health

I was born with a form of Spina Bifida, which affects the nerves to my legs, bladder and bowel. For these symptoms I perform daily physio on my legs (up to 3hours each day), I also wear night splints to stabilise my legs and stop further deterioation in the muscle. I’ve self catheterised since being 3years old and have also undergone bowel irrigation since age 8, which takes 3-5hours each night. Alongside this, I am also tube fed due to help address gastro issues that restrict the amount of food I’m able to eat.

My mission

My mission is to raise awareness for invisible illnesses and especially help educate children in primary schools so that pupils with illnesses are included, understood and can thrive in the learning environment, without social barriers. Growing up, I struggled hugely being poorly, but also having the double whammy of no one understanding why I was so ill, because I looked completely ‘normal’. This created immense pressure to hide my conditions and be secretive, something that put greater stress on me when I was already at my most vulnerable. However I soon learnt that I wasn’t the only person going through this struggle, and decided that perhaps something could be done to prevent this and help people in a similar situations by raising awareness and addressing ‘taboo’ subjects.

…And so, I began the E.N.D campaign, that sets out to Educate. Not. Discriminate through raising awareness, because I don’t want any person (child or adult) to go through the same struggle if something can be done to help them on their way. My personal experiences fuel the  commitment and passion I have about educating as many people as possible about invisible illnesses
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Blog and writing

I write my blog to share my journey as a para show jumper and teenager with health conditions, and also the work I do and progress achieved within the foundation. After starting the blog aged 12, when I first became open about my conditions, it has grown into a place where I can share my journey with others, and speak about taboo subjects that are usually avoided.

My Achievements

-Registered as a para showjumper 2012

-Para champion jess, jerry, millie rda, daisy

-Selected for Team GB to compete at Pferd international in 2018 with Daisy where we secured a podium finish of 3rd place for the first compeition, and on the second/last day competing Daisy’s  infamous course error made para showjumping history! 

Received the Pony Club  Hannah Francis award 2017

Published Lucy Goes To School, written and illustrated by me and my mum- for more information please see the foundation page of this website

Winner  of Inspirational young person at the 2018 WellChild Awards

Awarded a British Citizen youth award and medal for services to society in 2019

Accepted onto the Women’s Sport Trust ‘UNLOCKED’ programme 2020

Became a Mintridge Foundation ambassador



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