A multiple sclerosis sufferer has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the Winter Para Championships which she qualified for this summer.
Bovingdon resident, Emma Stevens, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in June 2007 at only 23-year-old.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
Emma said: “After being diagnosed, it explained the odd symptoms of sensation loss, over reaction to touch and blind spots in my vision I’d been having over the last couple of years.
“However, in the early hours of July 4, 2007, just eight days after my diagnosis, my much-loved pony Fudge gave birth to a gorgeous foal who I named River.
“And this was the start of a very special journey.”
In July of this year, Emma was classified for the first time as a Grade Two para dressage rider. Classification is an assessment by two physiotherapists who class the disability in various areas of your body.
Once classified, you compete in your grade against those of the same grades doing dressage tests adjusted for that grade.
Emma said: “I have now qualified for the Winter Para Championships which is being held in Preston in February 2020.
“I would love to be able to go but the cost of transport (£600), accommodation for my horse (£70), accommodation for humans (£600), entry fee (£130) and assistance for myself and my horse’s care (£400) is preventing us from being able to achieve this.
“My husband is my full-time carer and we have two young children, one of whom is also disabled. Please help me fulfil this dream.”
To donate to help Emma’s dreams come true click here.