Racegoers at Newmarket raise more than £10,000 for children’s charity
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More than £10,000 was raised for charity – the highest amount in four years – over a three-day festival at Newmarket Racecourse.
The Moët & Chandon July Festival helped raise a total of £10,576.03 for local children’s charity and chosen charity partner, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
This donation marks the highest amount raised for EACH over their four-year partnership with Newmarket Racecourses, following a total of £9,404.74 raised in 2017 – an increase of more than 11 per cent in donations on last year.
The charity had a stand and took bucket collections on the gates over all three days of the festival.
Racegoers were also invited to give £5 by texting a number advertised in the days’ racecards.
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In addition, £1 from the sale of every Mojito cocktail, Cosmopolitan cocktail and Strawberry Mojito mocktail on course went to EACH.
EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia and supports their families.
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Amy Starkey, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, said:
“I would like to thank our generous racegoers who helped raise a staggering £10,576.03 for EACH, our official and very worthy charity of the Moët & Chandon July Festival.
”We’re proud to be able to support this fantastic charity for the fourth year running and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with the team at EACH for years to come.”
Graham Butland, chief executive East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, said: “Support we’ve received from the Jockey Club in recent years, via the July Festival, has been absolutely tremendous. This year racegoers have given very generously, indeed, and we’re delighted to have received a five-figure sum.
“Of course, being the festival’s official charity not only allows us to raise vital income, but also awareness of what we do. All the money collected will be going towards the care of 360 children with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia, and support for their families.”
For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help to raise funds, visit www.EACH.org.uk