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'Wish come true' after man with incurable cancer reunited with horse

Ron Smith was reunited with his 15-year-old horse Credit: St Giles Hospice

A Burton man with an incurable form of cancer was given his one wish last week - when he was reunited with his 15-year-old horse.

66-year-old Ron Smith, was given the opportunity to see Jay at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Ron's sister said it was a really emotional moment for everyone involved:

Ron fell in love with horses and riding when he visited Texas around 20 years ago - he started riding and never looked back.

He got Jay 4 years ago and rode him five or six times a week. They have a really close bond – Jay nibbles Ron’s hair and hands, particularly when carrots are involved.

Ron really missed Jay when he was first admitted to hospital and when he was transferred to the hospice, one of the first things staff offered to do was arrange for Jay to visit.

I didn’t think it would be possible for Ron to see Jay again, but thanks to staff at the hospice and at Lullington Hill Stables, where Jay is stabled, he was able to come and visit.

– Sister, Sandra Bull
The moment Ron was reunited with his horse Jay Credit: St Giles Hospice

St Giles Director of Nursing Katie Taroni said:

We welcome dogs into the hospice on a regular basis but I think this might be the first time we have had a horse.

We were delighted to be able to help Ron achieve his wish to see Jay. It was a lovely thing to witness and the team were all proud to be part of it.

– St Giles Hospice, Katie Taroni