Hundreds attend North Creake charity ride-out in memory of Colkirk’s Ellie, 16

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Hundreds of family and friends raised a total of £2,233 for Great Ormond Street Hospital when they joined a charity horse-ride at North Creake on Sunday.

The event was organised in memory of a Colkirk girl, Ellie Loades, who died aged 16 in November 2013 following a battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Ellie had been helping her friend Kyra Welch, 19, of North Creake, to organise a charity horse-ride to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital as a thanks for saving Kyra’s 10-month-old son Kaiden’s life when he was born. The youngster suffered from complex heart conditions that required open-heart surgery when he was just a few days old.

The money raised will be going to the intensive care unit where Kaiden was treated.

Kyra said: “I just wanted to give something back as thanks and when Ellie died it seemed only right to do it in her memory. She would have been so proud. Ellie loved horse riding and she would have really enjoyed Sunday.

“It was really amazing, all these horseboxes were pulling up. I never expected so many people but it was fantastic.

“Kaiden was there as well, he wasn’t very well but he was fascinated by the horses, he absolutely loves them.”

Ellie’s parents, Nick and Elaine Loades, also joined the riders, with Nick learning to ride Ellie’s horse especially.

He said: “It was an absolutely excellent day and it really got me seeing all those people there for our Ellie.

“The sun was shining and we said that was Ellie, making sure it all went well. She would have bene so proud to see it all, especially with everyone wearing green, her favourite colour.

“Everyone has been asking to make this a yerly event because they enjoyed it so much, so that’s what we’re going to do!”