Riding club holds 24-hour rideathon to raise money for Laigan

Laigan on a visit to Catterick Saddle Club.

A riding centre is planning a 24-hour rideathon this week to raise money for a power wheelchair for a little boy with a rare condition.

Laigan Hammond has spinal muscular atrophy type 1, a condition which means he has weakness in his muscles.

The Catterick Garrison youngster, who attends Cambrai Primary School, was not expected to live past two but is now a happy, cheeky four-year-old.

Laigan attends Catterick Saddle Club every week.

Lacie Hawkes, yard manager, said: “When Laigan first visited us he told us his dreams were to be able to ride a pony like his older sister.

“We were able to make this dream come true but we didn’t want to stop there.

“Laigan now comes riding every week; he has us in fits of giggles and always brightens up our day.

“We hope that having the opportunity to ride will help him with maintaining the little muscle strength he has.”

Laigan relies on a wheelchair and his family would like to get him a power chair that promotes his independence and allows him the freedom to be like most other children.

To help, riders at the saddle club will hold a 24-hour rideathon from 3.30pm on Friday until 3.30pm on Saturday.

There must be at least one person riding at all times.

The first rider will be 13-year-old Daniel Perrin, a pupil at Risedale Sports & Community College, and the last will be Laigan himself.

To sponsor the riders click here.

Raffle tickets are also available from Catterick Saddle Club reception.

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the rideathon on March 14.

Tickets are £2 per a strip.