In honour of little Matt

IT was with great sadness that I heard the news of little Matthew Philips’ death.

We were privileged to spend some time with Matt and his family during a fund-raising event at Hallowe’en.

Despite Matt’s illness, Vicky, Rob and Dan worked tirelessly for the event and on the night, it was lovely to see Matt dressed in his Hallowe’en costume, riding on one of our ponies.

I saw Matt a few days after the party and he was very tired, but still laughing and running around in a Buzz Lightyear costume.

I asked Matt and Dan if they would name one of our ponies, and after a few days they came up with the name Pipsqueak.

So that is the name of the next pony, as tribute to two very special boys.

The tremendous outpouring of love towards the family is a great testament to a brave, cheerful and beautiful boy, who will stay in our hearts for a very long time.

With lots of love to Vicky, Rob, Dan and, of course, Matt.

Jane, the staff and horses at Equorum Horse Rescue