Jeannine saddles up to win Resident of the Month prize

Michael Cottingham presents Jeannine Williamson with her certificate
Michael Cottingham presents Jeannine Williamson with her certificate

A keen horserider who has raised more than £23,000 for charity has been crowned February’s Resident of the Month.

Jeannine Williamson has undertaken various challenges for the Brooke Hospital for Animals, which provides medical treatment and helps horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Jeannine went on the Brooke’s first fundraising horse trek to Egypt in 2002 and since then has raised money by taking part in rides in Jordan, India, Mongolia and Iceland. She has also run marathons in Eastbourne, Budapest and London, and recently took part in the Goofy Challenge in Florida – a half marathon around Disney World, followed by a full marathon the next day.

The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community.

It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

In recognition of her fundraising efforts, Jeannine was presented with a certificate by Michael Cottingham, a director at Advanta.

Michael said, “Jeannine has pushed herself physically to raise thousands of pounds for the Brooke.

“Animal charities are sometimes forgotten about, so they need people like Jeannine to fundraise for them.

“We’re pleased to recognise her efforts by presenting her with the Resident of the Month award.”

As part of the award, Jeannine and a guest will receive a complimentary meal at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.