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High turnout expected as willing volunteers join forces on Racing Together’s Community Day

Racing Together are gearing up for a record turnout at the annual running of their Community Day held on Thursday, May 9. Over 50 racing businesses, including racecourses, charities and racing clubs will join forces for the day to engage with their local communities, and offer support to those in need.

Thursday will see Careers workshops, environmental clean-ups, food bank collections and Racing to School events on the agenda in various racing communities throughout the UK.

Racing Welfare staff will be out and about assisting at Epsom and Ewell’s food bank, joining litter-picks in Newmarket, Chepstow and Lambourn and taking part in gardening activities with the elderly in Musselburgh.  The charity’s Middleham-based welfare team are also taking a group of retirees to Jedd O’Keeffe’s High Beck Lodge yard, followed by lunch at The Saddle Room at Coverham.

There’s plenty more action elsewhere; young people from a London Youth Group will be treated to an interactive careers day run by the BHA and Chester Racecourse will host an innovative ‘maths in action’ day for local pupils. Carlisle Racecourse join the line up for the first time this year and will help out at their local racehorse rescue centre.

Racing Together’s Chief Executive, John Blake said: “The simple purpose of Racing Together is to pool the imagination and effort of organisations across the sport with the common aim to help others, whether on their immediate doorstep or through initiatives that support people nationally.

“Community Day is Racing Together in a nutshell. This is the annual opportunity for racing to join forces and make an impact through volunteering – a lot of which already goes on in pockets across the sport year-round.

“May 9th is a day to celebrate racing’s growing commitment to do its bit, which is as rewarding for those involved as for those who benefit. We know that this will be the biggest, most far-reaching Community Day yet and we want as many racing people as possible to show how the sport values its neighbours.”

For more information on Racing Together, please contact Lucy Saunders, Community Engagement Manager, Racing Together. 07387 260 980, lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk, www.racingtogether.co.uk