From time to time we aim to offer sponsorship to individuals who we consider need a helping hand.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor Emily Lawes. Below is her story – and how our assistance is making her life in horse riding a little easier.
PARA rider Emily Lawes has found the funding she so desperately needs to compete.
The talented sportswoman made an appeal in the Bexhill Observer for £800 to enable her to travel to events around Britain and abroad. She has now been given that money by Orbis Insurance Services because managing director Chris Jordan read she was on the verge of giving up horse riding through of lack of funds. Chris said: “Emily is a seriously handicapped horse-rider. She has proved herself time and time again in the show-jumping arena. “Considering my company deals with disabled people and those with ‘impaired’ lives, it felt right to put some money back into the community and sponsor her.”
Lauren Stovell, of Orbis in Eversley Road, added: “Emily only has one arm so what she has achieved is absolutely remarkable. We are constantly dealing with people who fight to overcome their disabilities. “Everyone in my office has got a real lift from our sponsorship. “We aim to watch Emily ride whenever we get the chance.”
Emily, 36, is a founder member of the British Show Jumping Association (BPSJA) a group set up specifically for para showjumpers. She is also chairperson of the Bexhill Horse Show held at the Polegrove every May Bank Holiday, lives in Pebsham and works at St Mary’s school in Wrestwood Road. Emily said she was “absolutely thrilled” by the sponsorship. She added: “This is going to help me a lot – I am really pleased. There are some nice people out there. I think we can work really well together and I am chuffed to bits. “This sport is so expensive. It is not like golf where you pick up your clubs and off you go. there’s the travelling and insurance and entry fees, it is just ridiculous. This will be a brilliant help and it has really boosted me.”
She said her success in the arena had been “a real team effort” and thanked those who help her, including husband Andy.
Photo and information courtesy of www.bexhillobserver.net