Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) Ambassador Dawn Whiteman from Crayford, London, organised a successful horse show for under 12s, raising funds for MRF, in memory of her granddaughter Maya Ford.
The annual event named ‘Colts & Fillies Under 12s Show’ is a fun day for beginners and encourages children to have a go at horse riding. This years’ event was attended by more than 40 families and was held on Sunday 16 September to mark the start of Meningitis Awareness Week.
It was hosted by the Fawkham & District Riding club at Warrigal Farm near Dartford. Maya had lived in Dartford with her parents Louise Whiteman and Tony Ford.
One year old Maya Ford was taken into Darent Valley Hospital A&E on 1 August 2012 and presented with convulsions, a rash, high temperature and fast heart rate. She had meningococcal septicaemia and tragically she died the next day.
Since Maya’s death, her family has worked tirelessly to raise funds for MRF, the charity that supported them after Maya died, and Dawn Whiteman became an Ambassador for MRF – raising awareness of the disease and representing the charity in her local community.
Earlier this year Dawn and her family reached a remarkable £100,000 in funds raised for MRF, but their incredible efforts continue with at least £1,100 already counted from the horse show.