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Lorraine's story

Life has a tendency of changing its path without warning, and these are the times when we need the most support.

woman riding horse in the countryside

The words don’t want to come out…..I lost my daughter to suicide on her 18th birthday.

She was an elite sportswoman, her sport was riding a board (snowboarding). Her death was very public as she was representing team GB at the time and was tipped to compete in the 2022 Olympics, already having won herself a bronze Olympic medal. We all thought things were going great, but not in her mind, as one newspaper quoted 'Ellie looked like she had it all , but she didn’t feel it'.

Lorraine Denman and her daughter Ellie Soutter hugging and smiling
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Please take a moment to have a look at her legacy:

The loss of Ellie took me back to horses, they helped to occupy my mind and helped with healing. One thing led to another and I found myself part owning a horse (with Sarah), and with the help of Elliott Rowe and his honesty I began to realise that the pressures in the equestrian sport were the same:

  • Finances

  • Sponsorship

  • Talent

  • Image

  • Social media

So the discussion began and people started to talk to me and share their stories, I was touched and honoured that they trusted me with their truths. I am now on a journey to build a community with other equestrians, sharing talking and providing resources to save lives In hope we all can make a difference to someone who may need help

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