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Sharon and Ted's excellent adventure

PUBLISHED: 12:06 08 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:22 20 February 2013

Ted and Sharon Bound

Ted and Sharon Bound

On Monday, May 28, 2012 Sharon Bound will set off from Cheltenham to spend a week riding across country on her horse Ted to raise awareness of the additional issues for carers living in the rural communities around Gloucestershire

Sharon and Teds
excellent adventure

On Monday, May 28, 2012 Sharon Bound will set off from Cheltenham to spend a week riding across country on her horse Ted to raise awareness of the additional issues for carers living in the rural communities around Gloucestershire.

Ted is a Norwegian Fjord which is a rare sight around the hills of Gloucestershire. One of the oldest and purest breeds, Ted is a relatively small but very strong horse from the mountain regions of Western Norway.

Spending five nights away from home staying at different locations across the Cotswolds, Sharon aims to meet people en route who may not be aware of the additional issues facing rural carers.

There are 56,000 unpaid carers in Gloucestershire with 7,691 in the Cotswolds alone. Carers from rural communities, in common with carers in the more urban parts of the county, work tirelessly in support of those they care for without pay or recognition. However, rural carers face additional challenges as they have limited local support, services and transport options. Feeling of isolation can lead to depression, anxiety and stress.

Sharon says, I saw this as an opportunity to use my love of horse riding to the highlight the issued faced by carers, particularly those in rural locations caring for someone with a mental health illness. I have been caring for my son, who has a mental illness, for twelve years. This has given me first-hand experience of the stress, emotional pressure, social isolation and stigma which can accompany caring for someone you love.

Tim Poole CEO of Carers Gloucestershire says, The whole organisation is tremendously proud of Sharon undertaking this challenge. Riding a horse across country for five days will be exhausting. I hope lots of people will come out to cheer her on.

Sharon has set herself the tough target of raising 2,012 towards rural carer support groups. To support Sharon please visit www.virgingiving.com/SharonandTed

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