Newbury Racecourse to open track for Racing Together Community Day

Racing Together Community Day provides racing charities and businesses across Britain with an opportunity and focus to engage with their local area and build lasting relationships with those that share the communities in which they operate.

To do their part, Newbury Racecourse is excited to be hosting a community course walk on Thursday 9 May in aid of local charities, Daisy’s Dream and West Berkshire Mencap.

The historic racecourse, which was established in 1905, is almost two miles in distance. The Berkshire venue hosts 29 race meetings a year, a mixture of both flat and jumps fixtures. The community course walk will begin at 12.30pm, meeting at The Lodge on Thursday 9 May and will take in one lap of the course. Open to all whom are interested, there will then be refreshments available back at The Lodge, where proceeds will go to both charities.

Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service which responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement across the Berkshire area.

Vicky Maunder, from Daisy’s Dream, commented, “We are thrilled to have been selected by Newbury Racecourse as one of the beneficiaries for their Community Course Walk. As a small local charity, we rely on our communities to support our work with bereaved children and young people, so it seems fitting to be a part of something with such a local community focus. I am really looking forward to walking the course on the day, and meeting those who have come along to take part in the event.”

West Berkshire Mencap are a specialist charity which provides support, care, advice and guidance to people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Based in West Berkshire, the charity also runs projects across the surrounding areas.

Jane Hall, Deputy CEO of West Berkshire Mencap, commented, “West Berkshire Mencap are very honoured to be one of the chosen charities for the Racing Together Community Day. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop partnerships between local charities and local community businesses.”

Sarah King, Marketing Executive at Newbury Racecourse, commented “As such a large business, it is great for us to have the opportunity to be involved in the local community and to have a way of giving back to such a worthy Berkshire charity. We are looking forward to being able to open the track for everyone to come along and walk.”

The course walk will take place from 12.30pm on Thursday 9 May with refreshments at The Lodge after where donations can be made to both Daisy’s Dream and West Berkshire Mencap.