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12 July 2019

Racing Welfare to benefit from Go Racing in Yorkshire’s Summer Festival

The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, sponsored by Sky Bet, has named Racing Welfare as its beneficiary charity for this year.

The Summer Festival showcases racing in Yorkshire, offering up 10 race days over nine days at eight courses.  Running from Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th July, the festival will also feature an open afternoon at Jack Berry House on Tuesday 23rd July.

The Festival Dates are as follows;

Saturday 20th July – Ripon
Saturday 20
th July – Doncaster (evening)
Sunday 21
st July – Redcar
Monday 22
nd July – Beverley (evening)
Tuesday 23
rd July – Jack Berry House Open Afternoon 1.30pm – 6pm
Wednesday 24
th July – Catterick
Thursday 25
th July – Doncaster (evening)
Friday 26
th July – Thirsk
Friday 26
th July – York (evening)
Saturday 27
th July – York
Sunday 28
th July – Pontefract

Richard Hammill, Clerk of the Course at Pontefract Racecourse and member of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Marketing Committee said,

“We wanted to work with Racing Welfare because they are the central charity looking after people who work in the racing industry.  We are particularly keen for them to focus on mental health and wellbeing as this is a very relevant subject and Racing Welfare have services to help people who might be suffering and just as importantly teach people to look after their mental health, as they would their physical health.”

Go Racing in Yorkshire does a fantastic job of promoting the rich offering of racing in the county

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare will be at each of the Summer Festival race meetings, talking about the work that the charity does, who they can help and how. Their representatives will be sharing a gazebo with the team from Go Racing in Yorkshire throughout the week and look forward to a fantastic week of summer racing. There will also be an exit collection on some courses.

Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive, Dawn Goodfellow, said of the announcement

The Summer Festival is a superb initiative and we are delighted to be the beneficiary charity for this year.  Go Racing in Yorkshire does a fantastic job of promoting the rich offering of racing in the county and funds raised from our association will go towards extending the reach of our mental health support services. We’re very proud to be involved and hope that many people will come racing over the nine days.

Racing Welfare will also receive a £500 cheque as beneficiary charity, courtesy of the leading jockey of the festival, which is sponsored by Sky Bet.