Charity race day

For the past 11 years, our Charity has co-hosted a charity race day at Bangor on Dee Racecourse.

Anne Duchess was a keen supporter of National Hunt horseracing and her own steeplechasers, including Arkle, Last Suspect and Ten Up, won over 200 races. Bangor was her favourite local racecourse. In recognition of this and in furtherance of the Charity’s aims, the Trustees support a charity race day at the course and sponsor the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Memorial Chase Handicap, the feature race of the day. Our Charity nominates another charity to co-host the race day and use the opportunity to raise funds. There are no costs to the nominated charity (other than those covered by the ticket price of its guests) and, as such, our nominated charity keeps all the funds it raises on the day through sponsorship of races, raffles, auctions, donations and sale of tickets.

The race day has proven to be both a popular and successful event, with some of the nominated charities raising in excess of £50,000 on the day. Previously nominated charities have included Clwyd Special Riding Centre (of which the Duchess was Patron), AlderHey Children’s Hospital, NSPCC, Spinal Injuries Association (with the Injured Jockeys Fund), Racing Welfare, Addington Fund and the Animal Health Trust.

Our nominated charity for our race day in 2018 is Maggies Merseyside at Clatterbridge, a charity offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Further details are available at www.maggiescentres.org/merseyside

£240k

Raised in the last five years through our charity race day for our nominated charities

£68k

Raised by Racing Welfare at our 2017 race day.