Racing Together Community day raises record total of more than £54,000
The 2019 Racing Together Community day achieved record success with over 200 staff from 58 racing-related businesses volunteering nationwide.
While Making Miracles was sloshing through the mud at Chester on Friday, racing’s day of volunteering continued as planned despite the wretched weather across much of Britain.
More than £54,000 was raised through the initiative, the bulk of which came through Hereford’s charity raceday in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Many local communities and charities have been supported via litter clear-ups; DIY projects; a community walk; contributions to foodbanks; gardening activities; and careers and employability events.
Chester did not consider itself exempt from the effort despite the final day of its May festival taking place, with the racecourse celebrating community day by hosting 31 pupils for a day of learning with Racing to School, while Musselburgh also welcomed a school group.
“I had a very enjoyable time at Musselburgh. We had a small number of 15 year olds not doing exams – most of whom had special needs,” said volunteer and charity trustee Morag Gray.
“We did team building, barista training and had a tour of the racecourse. It was a joy to see them engage and grow in confidence as the morning went on.”
Two Newmarket groups were tasked with improving the local environment, with the challenge bringing together employees from the British Racing School, charity Racing Welfare, health staff from Jockey Club Estates and representatives from Discover Newmarket. Trainer James Fanshawe joined them on a litter pick around the racecourse and along Devil’s Dyke.
Go Racing In Yorkshire organised a clean-up around Langton Wold Gallops in Malton, with the team made up of staff from Wetherby and Catterick racecourses, William Hill staff and raceday presenter Adele Mulrennan. Trainer Julie Camacho and jockey Kieran Schofield also joined in after finishing morning stables.
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