Meet 14 year old Cassidy who absolutely loves horses and horse riding.
Cassidy has a condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia which is a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that mainly affects the white blood cells. She was originally diagnosed in July 2012 at the age of just 6. Heartbreakingly Cassidy relapsed in December 2018 aged 14.
Cassidy used to really enjoy swimming and was also a member of Streetmix, which is a theatre and dance group. She really enjoys spending time with friends and family, so knowing that and her love for horses, Cassidy’s nurse, Aimee at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire nominated her to attend one of our Jockey Club Family Fun Days at Warwick Racecourse.
Cassidy’s VIP Experience
On 10th March 2019 Cassidy, her mum Sadie, nana Lesley and 13 year old brother Ace attended the Country Race Day at Warwick Racecourse. The family were invited to watch all the racing action from the comfort and luxury of a VIP executive box whilst enjoying some delicious food and refreshments provided by the superb Jockey Club catering team.
Cassidy said ‘ It was such a great day! We got to stand by the racecourse next to one of the jumps and watch the horses up close race past. It was amazing as you could feel the ground shaking and hear the thundering of the hooves before you could see the horses, it was a great experience.’
Her mum added ‘The host Janice was very lovely and really knowledgeable on the horses. Cassidy’s Box4Kids experience has made her realise that she isn’t alone and that there are other children in the same situation as her, it’s a comfort in some ways. It was really great to meet other people in similar situations.’
It’s due to exceptionally kind donations, like The Jockey Club, that enables the Barrie Wells Trust to invite seriously ill and disabled children to a VIP Box4Kids event. If you know anyone who has an empty box or if you are a box holder and would like to be part of the Box4Kids initiative, then please do get in touch.