Success for Greatwood at Newbury
Racing’s longest standing racehorse welfare charity, Greatwood held its annual race day at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 28th February 2015 attended by almost 300 guests. Always a very well received event, this year was bigger and better than ever with a total of £72,000 being raised thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many.
Greatwood’s Co-Founder, Helen Yeadon, said: “Greatwood Charity was delighted to open its doors to Channel 4’s cameras on Saturday when The Morning Line came live from the charity’s headquarters ahead of our main fundraising event of the year at Newbury Racecourse. Despite the obvious challenges of filming both horses and children together, the broadcast went seamlessly and the media exposure will be enormously beneficial for the charity.
Photo: (Left to Right) Nigel Bunter, Patron; John McCririck, Patron; Helen Yeadon, Co-Founder; Mike O’Kane, Ladbrokes
Now in its 8th year and a firm fixture in the racing diary, the raceday was a resounding success. I would like to thank our sponsors: Betfair; Betway; Ladbrokes; StanJames.Com; Moore of Devizes; BetVictor; and Bloor Homes for their immense support of the day. The silent and main auction contributes to a large proportion of the fundraising efforts and I must thank all those who contributed and placed bids but also to our Patron, Jenny McCririck, who worked tirelessly procuring so many of the wonderful prizes. Not forgetting the fantastic Charlie Ross, of Bargain Hunt fame, for his incredible auctioneering efforts.
Finally a big thank you to the intrepid riders in the charity race, for training so hard and raising lots of money in the process; along with the Stewards, Richard Osgood The Clerk of the Course, Sarah Oliver of the AJA. We are hugely grateful to the Chairman, the Directors and all of the staff at Newbury Racecourse for helping to make the day such a triumph.”
Established in 1993, Greatwood is the longest standing racehorse welfare charity in the UK and the only organisation that uses ex-racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND). Greatwood is also the only racehorse welfare charity that does not have criteria for entry; the charity will never turn away a horse at risk; in danger of neglect; or suffering. Greatwood operates a ‘Cycle of Rehabilitation and Change’: horses helping young people and young people helping horses.