Children from the Fairstead House School Choir were joined by students from Newmarket Academy, the community choir VivaVoices and Newmarket Town Band to take part in Racing Welfare’s annual Carol Concert which raises funds for the charity’s Chaplaincy service. The sales ring was packed to the rafters with a sell-out crowd enjoying the festive evening which raised £5,000 for the charity.
Readers included Racehorse Trainers James Eustace, David Lanigan and Amy Murphy along with the Manager of Pantile Stud, Bo Hicks-Little and Will McNeile from the Godolphin Flying Start Programme.
The Godolphin Flying Start graduate programme students were also on hand to help serve mince pies, stollen and mulled wine at the start of the event and to undertake an exit collection at the end of proceedings which raised just over £180.
Simon Bailey, National Chaplain to Horse Racing said “On behalf of everyone at Racing Welfare I’d like to thank all the people and companies that have given their support to this year’s Carol Concert. Once again it has been a fantastic occasion raising money to provide services for the dedicated racing and stud staff of British horseracing, not only in Newmarket but around the country too.”
Companies which helped support this event include Tattersalls for the donation of the spectacular venue, Simpsons Garden Centre for donation of the Christmas tree, Weatherbys for the donation of printing services, The British Racing School for the donation of mince pies and Tescos Newmarket for the supply of mulled wine. A large number of generous supporters and local businesses also supplied prizes for a raffle draw which raised more than £380.