Hope saddles up for an epic ride

Hope Alderson
Hope Alderson

AN animal-lover has completed an overseas fund-raising challenge, which took her on an epic journey on horseback across the sub-continent.

Hope Alderson returned home earlier this month after tackling a six-day trek across India’s Rajasthan state to raise money for international animal welfare organisation, the Brooke.

The 58-year-old, who lives just outside Alnwick, took on the gruelling adventure, covering 125km and following the trails of ancient Kings across desert and farmland, and past villages, forts and temples in aid of the charity, which is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Hope said: “The ride itself was very intense and definitely a challenge, but I met some great people and I’m looking forward to telling everyone at home about my adventures.”

The trip allowed Hope to see the Brooke’s work in action, which she described as ‘one of the highlights’.

Last year, she made an appeal in the Gazette for people to sponsor her and she managed to raise more than £2,500 through a number of events, including a live music night and stands at local agricultural shows.

She also sold one-off prints, taken from paintings by her famous great aunts, Dorothy and Elizabeth Alderson, to raise money for the cause.

Charlotte Hodivala, the Brooke’s community fund-raising manager, said: “We’re delighted that Hope took part in our Indian Horse Trek which was a unique and unforgettable journey for everyone involved.

“It was real challenge but everyone was dedicated and the fantastic amount of money that was raised for the Brooke will help working horses and donkeys in countries such as India and Pakistan.”