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Charities win big at Sedgefield Racecourse
A NORTH-EAST race course will host to two fundraising events on the same day this week.
More than 70 former jockeys are expected to attend a charity dinner in aid of the Injured Jockey Fund at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham on Thursday, September 5.
Guests include Grand National winner Gerry Scott, who won the big race on Merryman11 in 1960, and Jack Berry, who will update guests on Jack Berry House, a respite and rehabilitation centre for jockeys that is being built in Malton in North Yorkshire.
The party, which will be hosted by the charity’s chief executive Lisa Hancock, coincides with the Miles for Men charity raceday.
Launched in 2012, Miles for Men is a Hartlepool-based cancer support charity that was set up in response to a surge in female-only fundraising events.
Jane Sickling, Miles for Men treasurer said; “After visiting Sedgefield Racecourse and being shown around we could see the potential of trying to raise awareness, funds and have a great fun day too.
"We are looking forward to holding our first Miles for Men Raceday next week which I’m sure will be the first of many.”
Other guests at the Injured Jockey Fund lunch include former jockeys, Tom O-Ryan and Pat McCarron, and the retired Middleham trainer Chris Thornton.
Jill Williamson, general manager at Sedgefield Racecourse, said: “The Injured Jockeys fund works tirelessly for injured jockeys, their families and friends and is a very worthy cause.”
The Miles for Men raceday features seven races and starts at 2.20pm.
Tickets cost £13 in advance or £16 on the day.
For more information or to make a booking visit sedgefield-racecourse.co.uk or call 01740-621925.
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