Determined cancer survivor saddles up

Kirstie Hargreave with her horse NE664SA'Picture by Jane Coltman
Kirstie Hargreave with her horse NE664SA'Picture by Jane Coltman

A wom an who was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour is defying the odds and fund-raising for vital research by jumping on her horse.

Kirstie Hargreave, from near Thrunton, is to saddle up and raise cash for Macmillian Cancer Support after receiving their help during Kirstie’s illness.

The farmer and caterer was diagnosed with Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma, a rare form of brain tumour, in July 2013.

After having the tumour removed and a metal plate inserted in her head, Kirstie had six weeks of radiotherapy followed by five cycles of chemotherapy.

Doctors told Kirstie if she had done a sixth cycle, she would have died.

Kirstie stopped treatment back in July 2014.

In a bid to raise funds for the charity, she will be riding a flat charity race at York Racecourse on Saturday, June 13, in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support.

The event is a middle-of-the-road course of a mile and one furlong, but she said it’s worth the challenge for the charity.

“They do one hell of a good job,” Kirstie said. “They came and supported the family.

“Everyone uses them and they’re just at the end of the telephone if you want to discuss anything.

“When I got the news, I carried on my lifestyle as a caterer and a farmer and I carried on as normal because there’s one of two ways to go and I wasn’t going the other way.”

Kirstie has set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship and asked that if anyone would like to sponsor her, they can do so online at greave/