Lodsworth best friends set off on a charity challenge


LODSWORTH best friends Lolly Cooper, 17 and Elena Thorman, 17, have set out on a challenging 200km ride to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.

They are riding the South Downs Way to raise funds for Crohns and Colitis UK after Lolly was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in March.

Setting off last week Lolly’s mum Michele said: “Waking up at 5am is enough to make any teenager protest, but for Ellie and Lauren the challenge had only just begun. By 8am they were on horse back, setting off from Winchester. After almost eight hours in the saddle, battling through wind, rain and even a chase from a herd of cows, the pair arrived at their first stop in East Meon, with two very exhausted horses.”

She said she was proud of their determination to help other people affected by the debilitating condition. “As well as missing a lot of school during her important AS level year Lolly has missed out on a lot of the fun other teenagers take for granted. Regardless of this, she has been determined to raise awareness for her condition.”

Colitis and Crohn’s are chronic inflammatory bowel conditions and currently there is no cure. The girls are now continuing their ride and donations can be made at Just Giving or text HOOF97 to 70070

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