1. ITV Report

Mother-of-two killed in bucket list horse riding accident after beating cancer

Geraldine Jones. Credit: Newsteam / SWNS Group

A mother-of-two who beat breast cancer was killed in a horse riding accident which she had reportedly organised as one of her bucket list wishes.

Former hospice worker Geraldine Jones was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and had only been given the all-clear a few months ago.

The 51-year-old was killed on 27 July after being thrown from the animal as she was riding along Llangennith beach in Gower, south Wales.

A passing runner gave first aid to Geraldine and the Rhossli coast guard cliff rescue unit was sent to the scene but despite their efforts, the mother-of-two was pronounced dead on the air ambulance.

Family, friends and former colleagues paid tribute to Geraldine, who they described as "bright, colourful and vibrant".

Riding on the sand was something Geraldine was really looking forward to.

We've been told there was huge smile on her face as she walked down to the beach.

– A friend of Geraldine

The mother-of-two had been the former head of marketing and communications at St Michael's Hospice near Hereford when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

She left the company 12 months ago to become a freelance communications consultant but staff at the hospice were said to be in tears when her death was announced.

Geraldine was a much-loved member of staff at St Michael's Hospice and her former colleagues have been devastated by the news.

Geraldine's vibrant personality and zest for life made an enormous contribution to St Michael's.

Geraldine's love of life brought joy to the people she spent time with. Her sudden death is a shock, leaving friends and former colleagues saddened and in tears.

She will be greatly missed by everyone at St Michael's Hospice and our thoughts are with her family.

– Nicky West, the hospice's chief executive officer

Geraldine, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was an experienced rider but had never galloped on sand before.

She leaves behind her husband Tim and two sons Olly, 16, and Henry, 12, who live in Fownhope, Hertfordshire.