For immediate release
March XX, 2011
THE STARS COME OUT
AT BADMINTON FOR
CHARITY OF THE YEAR
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Two of Britain’s top riders will lead course walks during this year’s Mitsubishi Motors
Badminton Horse Trials.
Wiltshire-based Paul Tapner - last year’s Badminton winner on Inonothing- and Dorset-based
William Fox-Pitt - one of Britain’s most successful event riders of all time - are hoping to
raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK along the way.
Volunteers are encouraged to raise £100 in sponsorship to take part in the walks which will
give them a unique insight into one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events.
Paul heads the first walk on Friday 22nd April at 5:30pm, followed by William on Saturday
23rd April at 11am.
Also supporting a course walk is trainer/coach William Miflin, from Malmesbury, who is
currently battling cancer.
William, 43, who has competed at Badminton six times - the first in 1991 when he was just
23 - had planned to lead a walk. But when on-going treatment prevented that, his friend
William Fox-Pitt stepped in.
William Miflin, who has raised hundreds of pounds in recent years for research through
course walks, hopes to attend on the day.
He said: “I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to support Cancer
The charity has been chosen as Badminton’s 2011 charity of the year and the course walks
could raise valuable funds for Cancer Research UK’s life saving work.
Paul Tapner, who with his wife, Georgina, runs stables at Highworth, near Swindon, raised
hundreds of pounds for the charity with a similar walk last year after the young sister of one
of his groom’s was diagnosed with cancer.
William Fox-Pitt, winner of a record 40 Three Day Events, started eventing when he was
just 15. His achievements have since made him one of the most successful British event
riders of all time. He first completed Badminton aged just 20 and won the event in 2004.
Forty-three-year-old William and his wife - Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkett – run
a 28 stable state of the art training centre in Hinton St Mary, Dorset.
Hugh Thomas, Director of The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, says: “I am
delighted that these riders have agreed to find the time during a really busy week to support
our charity partner for 2011.
“John Hills, our chief cross country steward and committee member, originally suggested
Cancer Research UK as our Charity of the Year before he was diagnosed with cancer
“John died in April 2009, just before Badminton, and this year’s choice of charity is very
much as a tribute to him”.
Maria Gomez, Area Volunteer Manager for Cancer Research UK said “We are very grateful
to Paul and both Williams for their support.
“We hope to raise at least £5000 from both events which would have a significant impact
on our work”.
People willing to support the course walks will receive a fundraising pack with hints and tips
on how to raise £100.
Maria added: “The £5,000 target would enable Cancer Research UK to cover the cost of
five women to participate in a trial investigating whether the breast cancer treatment drug
anastrozole can prevent the disease in some women.”
Cancer Research UK spent over £1 million last year in Bristol on some of the UK’s leading
scientific and clinical research, including a team of international experts in bowel cancer who
hope to discover new ways of preventing and treating the disease.
The charity also supports around 200 clinical trials, many of which involve people in the
Places on the walks are limited and walkers should pre-register via the Cancer Research UK
website as soon as possible.
The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials take place from Thursday 21st April to Monday 25th
April. Visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk for more information.
For more information about the course walks, please contact Maria Gomez, Area Volunteer
Manager for Cancer Research UK on 07918 196 031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a place visit http://supportus.cancerresearchuk.org/events/
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work to find out how to support
the charity, please call 08701 60 20 40 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.uk
Notes to Editors
About Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through
The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer
has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public.
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival
rates double in the last forty years.
Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over
4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.
For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the
charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit