Retro nostalgia 1987: Fundraising father makes horse sense

A parish priest swapped his church for a quick gallop round a riding school on a trusty steed.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14th February 2020, 5:30 pm

Fr Basil Postlethwaite took to the saddle at the weekend to raise money for injured schoolteacher Gerry 
McMenemy.

Fr Basil of St Mary’s Church, Slamannan, and chaplain to St Mungo’s High School, Falkirk, climbed on to the horse ‘‘Zambesi’’ and enjoyed a brief taste of showjumping stardom at the Falkirk Riding Centre, 
Hallglen, on Friday.

His attempt at jumping ten fences raised £150 for the Gerry McMenemy Fund which has now reached the £2000 mark.

The fund was set up to pay Mr McMenemy’s hospital bills in the Bahamas where he spent seven weeks recovering from a road accident before being flown home to Scotland last week.

Mr McMenemy (27) of Waverley Crescent, 
Bonnybridge, is a former maths teacher at St Mungo’s High School.

He had been teaching in Nassau, capital of the 
Bahamas when he was struck by a minibus and suffered serious head and hip injuries on December 12.