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Charity hackathon returns as perfect summer challenge for riders

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Back again after a hugely successful 2020, Brooke’s My Hackathon could be the perfect summer challenge for you and your equine pal

Free to sign up and with the option to complete 50, 100 or 250 miles, Brooke’s My Hackathon is back for another year – much to the delight of riders all over the UK. Unlike previous years, there’s no time limit or fundraising target, so all you have to do is your best to reach as many working equines as possible.

Brooke Youth Ambassador This Esme is supporting this year’s challenge. She said: “I’m so excited to be supporting MyHackathon again and this year there are a choice of distance options to suit everyone! You can take on the challenge and hack 50, 100 or 250 miles and there are no time limits for you to complete it.

“You just need to get sponsored and raise as much money as you can for Brooke. Casper and I had a great time when we took part, and it was brilliant to know that we were helping less fortunate horses, donkeys and mules around the world.”

You’ll receive downloadable materials, including a mile tracker and social media badge, when you sign up. After you’ve raised your first £30 you’ll get a Brooke T-shirt, and there are plenty of thank you gifts up for grabs once you’ve completed the challenge. There’s even a Hacker of the Month award to be won every month between April and September. All you need to do is upload a photo from one of your challenge hacks to social media, using the hashtag #MyHackathon.

Three-year-old fundraiser Eden Lagden-Melbourne and his pony, Lego, from the Isle of Wight have raised more than £1,500 so far. His mum, Kelly, said: “He loves riding, especially trotting and doing little jumps. There isn’t a lot to do in lockdown, so it gives us some motivation to get out of the house and do our daily exercise while also raising money for a great cause.”

For more information, visit thebrooke.org

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