Day at the Races raises £47k

St Michael’s Hospice is toasting a winning return from an afternoon at the races which has net them around £47,000.

The substantial figure was raised at Hereford Racecourse this week when the Hospice hosted its first ever Charity Race Day to coincide with the course’s final meeting of the season.

The amount was swelled by an amateur race featuring prominent figures from the county’s racing fraternity, each raising at least £1,500 for the Hospice to take part.

It was won by Eardisley-based event rider Louise Harwood on St Gallen from Olly Murphy Racing.

‘I hoped it would win but of course you never know how the others are going to ride,’ she said. 

‘It was a fun thing to do and I’m very grateful to Olly Murphy for providing St Gallen, who ran so well.

‘I visited St Michael’s Hospice for a tour recently and was able to see at first hand the invaluable work that goes on there.

‘It’s a very special place and I’m delighted to have played a part in raising money for them.’

Top trainer Kerry Lee, who is based in Presteigne, provided four horses for the race and rode her own horse Top Gamble having raised more than £8,000.

Another rider was Jo Bowkett on Alderdash who led during the early stages.

‘It was brilliant,’ said Jo. ‘All the riders have been so lovely. It just feels great to be part of such a special day for St Michael’s. It’s been quite emotional.’

Money was also raised through an auction, raffle and race sponsorship, thanks in no small part to the generosity of Race Day sponsor The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity.

‘This was a day which will live long in the memory,’ said Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Income Generation and Marketing Director.

‘I must thank the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity for their support, and mention the dedication of those riders who took part in the amateur race.

‘They have each raised a substantial figure to take part in an event which was new territory for them.

‘Thanks also to Hereford Racecourse for making us feel so welcome and for putting on such an outstanding day.’

For a list of upcoming St Michael’s Hospice Events, click here

All photos thanks to Paul Carter Photography