A ST BRIGID'S School student is set to embark on an epic 200-mile horse ride from North to South Wales to raise money for several worthy causes.

Seren Parry, 17, will set off from her hometown of Lixwm, Flintshire, on August 21 along with her trusted 14-year-old warmblood cross mare Stripe, who she has had for the last six months.

Seren's friend Emily Jones, 14, who also attends St Brigid's, will be joining her as they attempt to reach Tenby, South Wales, within ten days and raise funds for St Kentigern's Hospice (50%), as well as the NHS' Charities Together (25%) and the British Horse Society (25%).

Seren, who has so far raised £375 for these causes, will be following in the footsteps of her mother Sharon and her friend Erica Evans, who undertook the same journey around 18 years ago.

Seren, a first year A-level student at St Brigid's School in Denbigh, said: "In these uncertain times, everyone needs support. I always like to challenge myself and prove people wrong, however, this is the biggest challenge I have ever done.

"I am trying to raise money for the NHS Charities Together to help all those who are risking their lives to save ours, as well as the local hospice St. Kentigern Hospice who have lost most of their funding at the moment as their charity shop is unable to open. This charity is very close to my heart as they looked after my Taid (Grandfather) in his last days.

"I also want to raise money for the British Horse Society, which carries the same values as me when it comes to the welfare of horses and allows everyone to enjoy horses no matter their background.

"My horse's welfare will be put first over everything she will be following a strict fitness plan so she will be as prepared for this as best she can. My other horse (Gerry) will be following the same fitness plan, he will be my back up horse so if Stripe for any reason can not continue i will still be able to complete my ride.

"I will also ask other riders to join me on my way down the country as this will hopefully raise even more much needed funds."

To donate to Seren's cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/little-dragons-go-from-north-to-south