Rachel House children meet Grand National winner in surprise stable trip

Two boys unexpectedly came face to face with a Grand National winning horse as part of an experiential trip during their stay at Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross recently.

Horseracing fan, Max Taylor, an 11-year-old from Alloa who avidly watches with his grandfather whenever it’s on the television, was treated to a day out at Arlary Stables in Kinross, which is run by premier trainer Lucinda Russell and partner Peter Scudamore, MBE.

Riders put on a display for Max, joined by Martins Sokolovics, 6, of Forfar and accompanying staff from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – who were all treated like VIPs for the excursion. Unbeknownst to the boys, 2017 National winner One For Arthur was one of the many horses they were able to meet.

Lucinda Russell said:

“We were delighted to welcome Max, Martins and their carers to the yard, being local to Rachel House we appreciate the wonderful support they give to their children and families.

“Everyone here at Lucinda Russell Racing is privileged to work with our racehorses and the empathy that the horses show towards all children is incredible. We were touched by the joy that they brought to Max and are pleased to have been a very small part of the fabulous work that CHAS do.”

Rachel House children meet Grand National winner in surprise stable trip
Max and Lucinda

Mary Paterson, Senior Staff Nurse at Rachel House said:

“Max watches horseracing with his grandfather so we were looking for a safe way that he could meet a horse for himself.

“How lovely it was for Lucinda and Peter to host us at Arlary for a morning and give the boys an up-close encounter with their fabulous stable of horses. Experiences like these can mean the world to children so we’re very grateful that they were so inviting. It was an unexpected bonus that we were able to meet a Grand National winner, One For Arthur!”

Rachel House children meet Grand National winner in surprise stable trip
Mary and Max

In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs its services. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provides its hospice services nation-wide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

The CHAS at Home service supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland. Through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, they can support families and clinical teams.