When you are trying to raise money for charity, it is always handy if you can provide a fun atmosphere and a bit of an incentive for people to hand over their hard-earned cash. That’s why I am so excited about our next race-meeting on Saturday 20th July when we’ll be helping two charities to raise funds throughout the day.
be promoting a huge sweepstake on the big race, the totepool Cumbria Crystal
Cup, in aid of St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston for whom we are hoping to raise
up to £10,000. Tickets for the sweepstake cost just £1 each and there will be a
cash prize for every person who is drawn from the hat on race-day. The size of
the cash prize will be determined by the horses, as each ticket drawn will
relate to a runner in the race. The winning horse will yield one lucky
ticket-holder the top prize of £500, the equivalent odds of 499/1. There will
also be at least £500 to be split between the other winners with runners in the
sweepstake was the idea of our raceday presenter John Sexton and his wife
Margaret, who have been selling tickets since our first meeting of the season
in May. Sadly Margaret died last week, having received care and support from
the hospice team over a long period of time. While the personal connection
makes the charitable drive poignant for everyone who works at the racecourse,
the hospice is a charity that touches people throughout our community and I
know that our desire to raise funds will be shared by many.
well as the busy in-patient unit, the hospice staff offer day care, drop in
sessions, complimentary therapies, advice for families and care at home. The
annual running costs are around £2.4 million of which just 20% is paid for by
the NHS, leaving nearly £2 million per year to be raised from other sources.
tickets can be bought from the racecourse office and will also be available on
20th July. However, if you’re struggling to get here and fancy
backing a 499/1 winner, you can also purchase tickets from the hospice by
calling 01229 580305.
the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre will be parading a number of retired
racehorses before the first race; each of them re-trained at their base near
Lancaster. The rehabilitation centre was the first enterprise of its kind in
Britain and fulfils an important role in converting flighty racehorses into
adaptable riding horses, suitable for a new role and a new home. The centre
will have a trade-stand packed with merchandise and will be making a bucket
collection at each of the exits.