Set up by Hannah Francis to raise funds for bone cancer research and grant equine related wishes to seriously ill people, Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony Charity is now funding a number of research projects (Willberry’s Research) and grants equestrian-related wishes to seriously ill people and their families (Willberry’s Wishes).
A talented horse rider, Hannah was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer in 2015. She was just 17 years old. In the year and half that followed Hannah, always aided by her mascot, Willberry Wonder Pony, amazed the equestrian community and people all over the world with her drive and determination. She continued to ride, even riding internationally under GB colours, and fulfilled many of her 'bucket list' wishes.
Even more remarkable, she turned her sights to what she could do to help people in her position in the future. In constant pain and undergoing relentless rounds of treatment she and her dedicated family and friends set up Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony Charity. The charity funds bone cancer research, especially into osteosarcoma, and grants equine related wishes to seriously ill people.
Hannah died in August 2016. But her legacy is very much alive and kicking on. The charity has raised over £1,500,000 for its brilliant causes and is lucky to have the most dedicated, generous, remarkable supporters and fundraisers in the world.
Sullivan’s Heroes were delighted to be supported by Hannah's legacy recently with a grant towards ‘Courageous Cory’s Big Build’ – read about the funding here.