Horses for hospice

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The Cheshire Horse Council, located in Cheshire, Connecticut, held a fundraising horse ride to benefit the National Hospice Foundation last September 26. The group created Hooves Across America to fund raise for hospices and other worthy causes nationwide. 

In 2014 the council held a fundraising event to benefit VITAS of Waterbury, Connecticut.  The hospice had cared for the council president’s brother. The initial event turned out to be quite a success prompting the council to go national with their next fundraising initiative. 

“The Cheshire Horse Council was proud to support The National Hospice Foundation in our first national Hooves Across America fundraiser,” says council representative, Jennifer A. Anderson.  “At our home base in Connecticut, 26 horse and rider teams and dozens of volunteers joined the effort, and riders in other states pledged their support by participating locally and spreading the word.  The Cheshire Horse Council is pleased and proud to have contributed to the NHF and to unite the horse community to ride together for this important cause.”

The group provided tools and helpful suggestions on their website to those interested in hosting their own horse ride that day. A total of $4,500 was raised and donated to NHF.

“This is a wonderful example of a group that was touched by hospice locally but wanted to raise funds to help hospice efforts nationwide,” says NHF Vice President of Philanthropy, Sarah Meltzer. “We thank the Cheshire Horse Council and Hooves Across America for choosing NHF to benefit from their fundraising efforts.”

You can become a fundraiser too! 

Whether you are an athlete or a community fundraiser, you can help. And when you get your community involved to raise funds, you’re helping NHF provide much needed programs and services for individuals and their families living with a life-limiting illness.

NHF utilizes the Razoo fundraising platform that allows users to customize their own fundraising web page, tell their story, explain their idea, set a fundraising goal, upload photos and videos, collect donations, and email friends and family. 

We have also created a fundraising toolkit that provides information and resources on how to create and achieve a successful fundraising event.  This step by step guide helps users from start to finish and even includes fundraising ideas for those who want to participate but are not sure what type of event to organize. Learn more about NHF’s fundraiser program.


This article originally appeared in the National Hospice Foundation’s quarterly, “Giving Matters,” available online.

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