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18 March 2024

Racing Together Community Day aims to mobilise record numbers

Racing Together – the sport’s community engagement partnership – is pleased to announce that this year’s Community Day will take place on Wednesday, 8th May to coincide with the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse.

Racing Together Community Day is British horseracing’s national day of employee volunteering, supported by a wide range of charity and commercial partners. It is a focus for organisations working across horseracing and bloodstock to give back as a team to their local and national communities.

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Now in its sixth year, Community Day activity takes many forms, from staff volunteering at local care homes; renovations of stables; litter picking or collecting for local food banks.

Something as simple as collecting a few food items to drop at a local foodbank or spending an hour weeding a community space can make a huge difference to the local community, as well as highlighting that racing is outward facing when it comes to helping others.

Last year, a record number of 75-plus organisations took part, with businesses donating over 700 hours of their time. This effort included bloodstock auctioneers Tattersalls and Goffs, as well as trainers nationwide, insurance brokers and the sport’s governing body.

Alex Shaw, Community Engagement Manager at Racing Together said: “We are really looking forward to supporting all the great work being done by the racing industry and it is great to have organisations returning year-on-year to offer their time and people-power to the collective effort.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the social impact of racing and have some fun while doing it. We have already had lots of sign-ups and activity ideas for this year, so we are optimistic in beating the 75 organisations that were involved last year. Assessing local need and getting people mobilized is the hallmark of this day; we also encourage colleagues unable to commit their time in early May to book in an activity which suits their calendars and to still be  part of this industry-wide initiative.”

Webinar – Community Day

Racing Together will also be hosting the final episode of Season 3 of their popular webinar seires on Thursday, 28th March, at 1pm. This episode is titled ‘Community Day – A Call to Action’ and will detail how and why you should get involved in the day, as well as sharing experiences from an expert panel. To sign up follow this link.

If you would like to sign up to this year’s Community Day please follow this link or email for more information and support on how to get involved.

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