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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.

18 December 2018

Christmas Family Raceday – Ascot Racecourse

The most valuable racecard of Ascot’s jumps season, visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, pony rides, dodgems, a carol singing concert, festive cocktails, fine dining and free fairground rides. Children can attend and eat for free too at this family day, as well as enrolling in the Ascot Elf Academy. Truly an elegant and uplifting day to celebrate with loved ones.

Sebastian’s Action Trust have also been given a sponsored race to help raise awareness of the charity, and to celebrate all that has been achieved in the 15 years since they started:

Sebastian’s Action Trust (SAT) was established following the death of nine-year-old Sebastian Gates.  At the age of just seven, Sebastian, who lived in Ascot with his family, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour – a rare form of childhood cancer – and sadly passed away on Christmas Eve 2003.

In the month before he died, Sebastian inspired a fundraising drive to establish a holiday home that would provide somewhere exclusively for families to spend precious time together; away from the rigours of treatment and hospital life.

In 2011, following years of fundraising, The Bluebells – a purpose-built holiday home – was constructed in the Hampshire countryside. Hundreds of families have since enjoyed making precious memories with their loved ones and enjoying the fantastic onsite facilities.  In the 15 years since SAT was founded, it has supported more than 500 families of seriously-ill children from Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

“Ascot Racecourse Supports” has provided funding for SAT’s “Connecting Families” programme, based at their new outreach and support hub “Woodlands”, in Crowthorne.  It’s employees have also recently participated in a volunteer day at the site, helping to prepare walkways and generally making the site more festive in preparation for their Christmas party.

Ascot will welcome Jane and Michael Gates, Sebastian’s parents and founders of the charity at this raceday.  To recognise all that has been achieved over the last 15 years, the 1.15pm race has been named “The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase.”

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