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30 May 2023


Racing Welfare’s annual Golf Day at Woburn Golf Club has raised more than £25,000 in crucial funds for the charity dedicated to supporting all of racing’s people.

The BetGoodwin sponsored event saw 28 teams play a four-ball in glorious conditions on the Woburn Marquess course on Wednesday 3rd May, by kind invitation of His Grace, the Duke of Bedford.

Several teams chose to avail of the option to add a celebrity player to their line-up and enjoyed the company of sporting stars including Sir AP McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald, Dan Skelton, Chris Hollins, Richard Levi and John Francome.

Sky Sports presenter Mike Cattermole was among the celebrities supporting the day and teamed up with headline sponsors BetGoodwin. He said: “I’ve been working in racing a long time now at three and a half decades and I’ve got massive respect for anyone working in the racing industry, behind the scenes in particular. I owe them a great debt of gratitude for giving me a great living so I’ll always try to support Racing Welfare whenever I can.”

Sky Sports were the official media partner for the event once again, with exclusive interviews being aired on the channel and across social media throughout the day.

Chief executive at Racing Welfare, Dawn Goodfellow reflected on the importance of the event saying: “We owe a huge thanks to all of our participants and sponsors, whose support will go towards funding our life-changing services for racing’s people, from their recruitment into the industry through to their retirement. The money we raised at Woburn could pay for a course of physio sessions for up to 100 people working in the industry – sessions which are often crucial enablers in helping someone to return to work following injury.

“In a challenging economic climate and with demand for Racing Welfare’s support services growing year-on-year, the importance of such events cannot be underestimated.”

The support of sponsors is crucial in making these events a success. Julian Head, managing director of headline sponsors Goodwin Racing said: “It was great to be the main sponsors of the annual golf day at Woburn all in aid of Racing Welfare. Everyone had an enjoyable day and it was brilliant to see so much money was raised for such a worthwhile cause.”