A HORSE and rider will be passing through Warrington on a 250-mile trek to show support for a much-loved family member with cancer.

Sarah Bartlett, 31, took on the challenge to raise money for Macmillan after her dad, Steve Roper, was told his kidney cancer had spread.

Sarah, who lives in Worcester, said: "I lost my step-father to cancer, my mum has also beaten breast cancer and now my dad has cancer.

"Macmillan has been there for all of us throughout.

"It doesn’t receive any government funding and relies on donations to help support its services and I just want to give something back for everything they have done and continue to do for my family."

Sarah, along with her 15-year-old Fell pony Billy, will be travelling from Liverpool through Penketh, Great Sankey and Latchford to arrive at the Royal British Legion in Grappenhall, as part of her journey on August 24.

She explained: "Fell ponies are a rare breed, yet so versatile, and my boy is very true to type with this- he loves going out for long rides.

"This part of the journey will be with a carriage for around 15 to 16 miles on main roads.

"We will stop at the British Legion for lunch before accessing the Trans Pennine Trail from there.

"It’s also the 30 year anniversary for the Trans Pennine Trail this year and the Trans Pennine Trail office have been a great help in organising my route."

Speaking about the 250-mile trek, Sarah's dad, Steve, 53, said: "I’m majorly proud of Sarah and what she’s about to do, but it came as a major surprise.

"I’m so proud because Macmillan has been very supportive of both me and my family."

Sarah hopes to raise more than £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and her

Just Giving page

can be viewed here.