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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

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Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

16 July 2018

Ayr charity mascot race benefits Ayrshire Cancer Support

On Sunday 8th July, Ayr Racecourse hosted the Argyll Holidays Family Raceday, which featured the popular Ayrshire Cancer Support Charity Mascot Race. Well-known local mascots including, Nutz the Squirrel of Kilmarnock Football Club, Pandemonium of Ayr Football Club and Harris McCoo, joined National mascot Danny Domino of Domino’s Pizza in a final field of nine runners.

The Ayrshire Cancer Support Mascot, Sunny the Smiler, had been designed by a pupil from a local Ayrshire school as part of the design a mascot competition.

The meeting was well attended and the day included multiple activity hubs to occupy the younger members of the family. These included face painting, bouncy castles, circus school and a particularly popular Racing to School area. Eleanor Boden and Carrie Ford of Racing to School welcomed all ages to explore the jockeys’ racing kit and practice their own race-riding position on the Racehorse Simulator.

In total, the race hosted nine runners with one non-runner. Despite a strong performance from Sunny the Smiler, it was the mascot ‘Nutz’ that won the race, followed by Danny Domino and Batman.

Eleanor Boden said of the day: “What a great idea to have a charity mascot race. It added a great buzz and really kick-started a family friendly, fun day. Well done to Ayr Racecourse.”

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