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Tragic horse riding accident leads to £25,000 donation

On 27 January 2013, seventeen year old Ella Pallister was at a show jumping event in Dorset when her horse spooked. She was thrown off her horse and knocked unconscious. 

Originally taken to Dorchester Hospital, she was then flown via Dorset Air Ambulance to Southampton General Hospital’s neurological unit for specialist care. Tragically Ella passed away the following week.

Her parents Ted and Karen, sister Cherry, and boyfriend, Sam Edwards, along with some of their closest friends and family make up ‘Team Ella P’ and have been fundraising for the hospital in memory of Ella. Ted Pallister said: “Ella always had a positive attitude and always told her friends and family to ‘man up and get on with it!’ This has been such an emotional time for everyone who knew her so, that is what we did; man up and raise money to make a real difference for others going through what we have gone through.”

“The staff were fantastic throughout her treatment and could not have done anything more for both Ella and us. They made us copious cups of tea and even gave up their radio so we had something to listen to. That’s why the money we donate to the neurological unit will be used to update the relatives' room.”

Ted continues: “We want to thank everyone for supporting us through this emotional time and to everyone who has donated something to help us raise money. Sam has been a real rock to the family and has been very active with the fundraising events. We couldn’t have reached £25,000 without him.”

The money will be split equally between Dorset Air Ambulance and Southampton General Hospital. It was raised through a charity ball on 22 June 2013 to celebrate what would have been Ella’s 18th birthday, an auction in October, charity hockey and cake sales held by Ella’s school, and a paraglide in Switzerland that Ted did. 

The family and their friends are continuing to support both charities with ongoing fundraisers - Thank you Team Ella P!

Last updated: 28/1/14

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