Travelling Grannies who rode on horseback to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service from left: Cherrie Davies, Pippa Baden, Vikki Fletcher, and Colleen Hinds.
Travelling Grannies who rode on horseback to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service from left: Cherrie Davies, Pippa Baden, Vikki Fletcher, and Colleen Hinds. JoJo Newby

Grannies on horseback

AFTER four days dodging fires, spotting a white rabbit and generally roughing it in the Clarence Valley bush, the horse-riding Travelling Grannies have approximately $2000 to give to charity.

Cherrie Davies and Colleen Hinds aimed to start their week-long trek through the Glenugie State Forest to Ulmarra on Monday to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, but fires in the region forced a change to their plans.

"We had to change the route to avoid the fires, which meant leaving the start to Wednesday," Mrs Davies said.

"If we had kept to our original plan it would have put us in danger."

On Friday two more riders, Vicki Fletcher and Pippa Baden joined the group near Pillar Valley, before the journey wound up on Saturday at Ulmarra.

Spotting a white rabbit was one of the highlights of the trip.

"When the lead rider said she saw a white rabbit, I asked if we were going to a tea party," said Mrs Davies.

"But then I saw it hopping along the road.

"It amazed us and the horses."

Mrs Davies thanked the landowners along their route who provided camp sites for them and also their back-up drivers Mark Hinds and Rod Baden.

Yesterday a crowd of about 50 joined the Travelling Grannies at the Commercial Hotel, Ulmarra for lunch and a charity auction.



UPDATE: Fire out of control, too late to leave

UPDATE: Fire out of control, too late to leave

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