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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.

Volunteer bucket collector

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.

14 December 2018

Chelmsford’s Secret Santa benefits the homeless this Christmas

Chelmsford City Racecourse’s unique take on Secret Santa will this year benefit a homeless shelter in Braintree, run by the Salvation Army.

Chelmsford team members buy gifts for charity, rather than for each other every year. New Direction in Braintree has space for 14 residents, aged 18 and over.

Fraser Garrity, General Manager of Chelmsford City Racecourse said:

“Businesses are a key part of the local community and it’s so important that we continually engage with all our neighbours. The team here have been very keen to help out with a Secret Santa for the residents at the New Direction accommodation this year, and we hope they really enjoy their Christmas gifts.”

Gift suggestions are practical and useful items, including hats and scarves, gloves and socks, chocolate and biscuits, food that doesn’t need heating and toiletries.

Alternatively, money can be donated to pool together for larger items, particularly for sleeping bags which are in demand at colder times of year.

The Chelmsford team buy gifts, wrap them and write a Christmas message for the recipients, attaching an extra piece of paper to the tag describing the gift contents. When gifts are delivered to the shelter the staff can match gifts to their recipients, removing the contents note prior to handing gifts out on Christmas morning.

Donated gifts so far, ready and waiting for delivery to New Direction

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