Race night raises funds

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Royal Windsor Racecourse played host to a charity Race Evening recently, raising £400,000 in aid of St John Ambulance and Starlight Children's Foundation.

Jointly chaired by key racing figure Major Christopher Hanbury and world renowned racehorse trainer, Nicky Henderson, the evening was described as ‘a runaway success’.

Three hundred guests, including Race Jockey Walter Swinburn and racing pundit John McCririck were treated to a champagne reception and canapés, followed by a delectable three course meal in the Riverside Marquee while enjoying six live races on the Windsor Racecourse.

After dinner, an auction of luxury items was held, tempting the patrons to open their hearts and empty their pockets.  Ranging from wonderful holidays to beautiful bronzes, charismatic auctioneer Nick Nugent auctioned off over 20 items, the most successful being a large watercolour by Peter Curling which raised £25,000 alone.

Guests were also given the chance to win a brand new Toyota Aygo in the prize draw by pledging anything from £100 to £500 or more to help towards life saving equipment for St John Ambulance volunteers or a day out for a Starlight child.  Sponsors on the evening included Ladbrokes, Tote, Coolmore Stud and Pertemps.

Nicky Henderson said: ‘The evening was a runaway success and we are grateful to everyone who came and donated to such important causes.’

Rosie Myres, Special Events Fundraiser for St John Ambulance, said: ‘We’re delighted with the huge success of the evening and thankful to our sponsors and all those who came along to support these two great causes. For St John Ambulance this money will go a long way to making sure that everyone who needs first aid is able to receive it.’

If you are interested in donating to the charities or are interested in attending future events contact Rosie on rosie.myres@nhq.sja.org.uk