Help Maisie on her road to recovery

Help Maisie on her road to recovery

Photo courtesy of / Maisie Welsh


A GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign has been launched for a young schoolgirl from New Marske, North Yorkshire who is in a critical condition in hospital after being thrown from her horse in a freak accident.


Maisie Welsh, 11, was out on her horse, Nero, near Thrushwood Farm, New Marske, on Monday evening when a rustle in the trees spooked the horse and Maisie was thrown from his back. She is now in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and has undergone surgery for severe facial injuries.


Maisie has had to have the top half of her face rebuilt. She has broken her nose and eye sockets and hasn’t been able to open her eyes since the accident.


Family friend, Jo Byrne, who set up the fundraising appeal said: “Maisie went out for a hack with her friend on one of the farm tracks but her horse spooked and Maisie’s foot got caught in the stirrup and she was dragged along the ground and trampled on by the horse.


“The ambulance took a good 40 minutes to get to her because they couldn’t find her on the farm track and Maisie’s was quite distressed and in a lot of pain.


“My daughter is a friend of Maisie and we are friends with the family and I just wanted to help and that’s why we set up this page. The funds will be used to cover travelling costs to and from the hospital and any time Maisie's parents need to take off work. But, of course, because of the severity of Maisie’s injuries she may need things to help her on the road to recovery in the future."


Maisie’s parents, Lisa and Adam Welsh, are at her bedside and are said to be “overwhelmed” by the support offered to them.


Kelsea Little, spokesperson for, said: "We are sending our best wishes to Maisie and her family during this difficult time."


To support the appeal, please visit