Racing Together Community Day: Thursday 7 May
What is Racing Together Community Day?
Please note; due to ongoing challenges presented by the Coronavirus outbreak, Racing Together Community Day will be postponed until later in the year. However, racing businesses are helping their communities on an individual and meaningful basis during this time, from hosting foodbanks and donating food, to sharing uplifting, educational and health and fitness-related content. Visit our news page and social media channels to keep up with individual stories from across the sport.
- British racing’s national day of employee volunteering.
- Initiated to collectively inspire and showcase racing working in its local communities, showing that it’s fun to give back alongside colleagues.
- The 4th annual Racing Together Community Day will take place on Thursday 7th May 2020.
- A nationwide initiative, supported online via the website, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #RTCommunityDay
A record Community Day
- Over 1,500 hours donated by over 60 racing businesses nationwide
- Activity co-ordinated by Racing Together ranged from hands-on work to careers days and environmental clean-ups
Over 60 organisations from across the British racing came together on Thursday 9th May 2019 for a record Racing Together Community Day.
Over 250 staff from across all sectors of the sport gave their time in locations from Perth to Wincanton to mark the day, which included volunteering at Age UK in Camden and Riding for the Disabled in Cheltenham.
ITV Racing’s Sally-Ann Grassick interviewing Racing to School CEO John Blake and Laurence Robertson MP at Chester’s May Festival:
“It was an amazing chance to see what the wonderful people at Riding for the Disabled do, and to see how their hard work impacts on the lives of the riders and their families. We feel very lucky to have been able to participate in this day and have now signed up to volunteer with them in the future.”
Naomi Wood, Hospitality Coordinator at Cheltenham Racecourse
“We simply would not have had the resources to paint the living area at our centre and the work done by the team of volunteers will brighten and freshen up the space where so many activities for our residents take place. The benefits for both staff and the elderly who live in the area will be tenfold.”
Age UK Camden Centre Manager Brian O’Connell
This year’s Community Day in pictures:
A map of racing’s 2019 activity
Ascot held a Food Bank Drive in May to assist local people who are at a time of crisis. A Donation Station was set up at the High Street Reception Entrance for employees and local residents. Ascot encouraged racegoers and staff members to bring along a few of the requested items including tins, rice and pasta and toiletries. Ascot will deliver items to the participating foodbanks: Windsor Foodshare, Woodley Foodbank; FoodShare Maidenhead Foodbank; Readifood, Reading; West Berks Foodbank; Bracknell Foodbank; Wokingham Foodbank; Crowthorne Foodbank & Slough Foodbank.
Newbury and Windsor Racecourses
Newbury hosted a community walk around the course, followed by tea and cake in The Lodge afterwards, in support of Daisy’s Dream and West Berkshire Mencap. The team at Royal Windsor plan to host fundraising activity based on an equiciser competition during racing on 27th May in aid of Thames Hospice.
Go Racing in Yorkshire organised a litter pick around Langton Wold Gallops in Malton alongside the local council. The team was made up of staff from Wetherby Racecourse, Catterick Racecourse, William Hill regional staff and Raceday presenter Adele Mulrennan. Trainer Julie Camacho and jockey Kieran Schofield joined in after finishing morning stables. Andrea O’Keeffe and Racing Welfare also organised an open morning at Jedd O’Keeffe Racing for retired members of the Middleham community. Ripon Racecourse took part in a local area clean up, and Richard Fahey welcomed a group of local young people to Musley Bank for a ‘Take The Reins’ education and careers day.
As part of the day, Jockey Club Estates organised a litter pick across the town. A team met at 1pm on the Severals (including BRS, Racing Welfare, Discover Newmarket and Mr James Fanshawe) and litter picked along the Yellow Brick Road to George Lambton Playing Fields and Skate Park. A second team met by the July Racecourse/Devils Dyke (where people park to walk their dogs) and litter picked along the Dyke. The Lycetts team helped out with some painting at the British Racing School and members of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association office team helped out with a leaflet drop promoting Palace House’s upcoming community events around the town.
Ayr continue to work closely with partner charity Ayrshire Cancer Support to fundraise, provide practical support and to aid their brand awareness. Hamilton Park is working on the South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers conservation project. Musselburgh continue to support Musselburgh Grammar School and hosted pupils and staff for workshops to support their employability needs. Perth took to the flowerbeds in preparation for ‘Perth in Bloom’. Scottish Racing baked and sold cakes for the charity, Headway, who ran the Charity Tearoom at Kelso Racecourse on 8th May.
“Newbury Racecourse is very much part of our Community and it was wonderful to see children from the Rocking Horse Nursery join with residents and Racecourse staff in walking the course to raise money for two very worthy local charities, Daisy’s Dream and West Berks Mencap. Clearly an enjoyable community effort despite some torrential downpours!”Margo Payne, Mayor of Newbury
“It was great to be the first bookmaker to be involved in this initiative and there were a high number of volunteers from the William Hill family getting stuck in. It was also nice to build relationships with good people from across the local racecourses and more importantly help to tidy up a lovely part of Yorkshire.”Keith Inkster, William Hill
03/05/2019: Racecourse Association Press Release – Racing Together Community Day
20/05/2019: BHA Press Release: Racing comes Together for record Community Day
20/09/2019: Racecourse Association Press Release: Racecourses Unite for Record-Breaking Racing Together Community Day