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10 June 2021

Wincanton Racecourse praises the local community for the money raised at a charity event for the local hospital

Wincanton Racecourse organised a charity event which helped raise £1,250 for the Wincanton Community Hospital. A raffle was held where entrants paid £50 a ticket with the chance of having one of six races ran in their name at the track’s fixture on Thursday 2nd December. 

All the proceeds are going towards the £10,000 total that the hospital need to raise to fund five new syringe drivers. The hospital has served as the town’s main vaccination centre during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wincanton Racecourse’s General Manager, Jack Parkinson said: “As a racecourse committee we understand the impact of the pandemic and especially on the fundraising efforts of charities.

“Wincanton Community Hospital has been central in the fight against COVID-19 in the local community by being the main vaccination centre. It was a logical choice when looking for the local charity after all we’ve been through over the last 12 months.

“We pitched it hoping that we would get 10 entries to raise £500 but there has been a fantastic response from everyone and the hospital is extremely grateful to those who have donated generously.”

Alan Judge, treasurer of The Friends Of Wincanton Community Hospital, added: “It’s been a tough year with the inability to run our usual fundraising events, so contributions such as these are a huge help to the hospital.”

Following the success of the raffle, Parkinson is planning to help support the hospital again in the future.

He added: “We are going to invite the hospital down to help do the presentations on the day and thank them personally for the important role they continue to play in our community.

“It is the first time we have done anything like this but one of things I was keen to do when I came here was to try and get the racecourse involved with a local charity.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the hospital in future and will think about what we can do on an annual basis for them.”

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