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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.

25 September 2020

The Great Racing Welfare Auction raises over £50,000!

The Great Racing Welfare Auction, that ran for four weeks and closed its bidding last night, has raised an incredible £53,195 for the charity.  Racing Welfare auctioned off over 100 fantastic lots in the online auction with all the proceeds going to their Covid-19 Emergency Appeal.

Generous donations from across the racing industry and beyond included everything from an ultimate Grand National experience to racehorse syndicate shares, bronze sculptures, a riding lesson with Sir Mark Todd and even a hotly contested quartet of chickens.  There was something on offer for everyone and that showed in the huge number of bids made. With a final flurry of bidding in the last half hour of the auction the total number of bids made was an incredible 1,980. The most popular lot proved to be a morning with Champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson which was fought out by 57 bidders. The highest grossing lot was a tour of Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle training yard for four people, which went for a whopping £5,250.

Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive, Dawn Goodfellow, was keen to thank all those who supported the auction and made it such a success: “The generosity of both those who donated lots to our auction and those who placed bids has been truly astounding.  Given the incredibly difficult times we are all facing, to have received this level of support is testament to the wonderful spirit of the racing community.  A total of over £53,000 provides a huge boost to our Emergency Appeal and I cannot extend enough thanks to everyone involved.”

The Great Racing Welfare Auction was launched in August as part of Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal.  The appeal is aiming to bridge the £500,000 income deficit faced by the charity due to the pandemic and the proceeds of the auction have pushed the appeal total to just over £343,000.  To find out more about the Emergency Appeal and to donate please go to: justgiving.com/RWEmergencyAppeal.

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