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East Yorkshire unicorn parade raises money for ill girl

  • By Stuart Harrat
  • BBC news

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More than 120 local horse owners take part in the unicorn parade

More than 120 “unicorns” marched around a stately home to raise money for a 10-year-old girl with a terminal illness.

Elsie with Batten disease said she wanted to see a unicorn before the disease caused her to lose her sight.

Natalie Garvey, who runs an equestrian shop in Driffield, East Yorkshire, has launched an appeal on social media asking horse owners to help Elsie’s wish come true.

The event at Sledmere House will raise funds to help renovate her family’s home.

Ms Garvey said the response to her request was “extraordinary”.

“They all have horns,” she said

“They’re covered in sparkling, painted flowers. They look amazing.”

Thousands of people attended the event at the house and grounds, which were donated to the event free of charge by the owner-family Sykes.

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Unicorn parade led by Elsie and her family in a carriage

Activities include music and dancing, as well as booths and a dog show.

The unicorn parade is led by Elsie and her family on a horse and carriage.

Her father, Phil, said he was amazed at the turnout and thanked everyone for their free time.

“It’s great to see so many people coming in and helping out today,” he said.

“It’s really overwhelming to see the support from the local community. It means a lot.”

Organizers hope to raise up to £20,000 for the £100,000 cost of refurbishing Elsie’s house so she can live at home with her family longer.

According to the NHS website, Batten disease, also known as CLN2, is a rare degenerative genetic disorder that affects 30-50 children in the UK.

It causes convulsions, which then gradually impair the ability to walk, speak, and see.


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