On Friday we hosted a Night at the Races.  An action-packed evening, providing all the fun of the races while raising money for good causes at the same time.  There were 8 races in total, 7 horse races and 1 pig race which was …. interesting.  Myself and Jo donned Jockey silks (so not a good look) and were on the Tote taking all the bets for the evening.  We all had great fun cheering on the horses, Rob especially, who certainly got into the spirit of the event by cheering on his favourite horse “Meaty Salad” in every race!  While a few were surprisingly shocked when “Lame Jane” got pulled up, some of us were lucky enough to have a winner or two!

In all seriousness though, our Race Night was raising money for the two charities we are supporting this year, The Alex Craven Fund and Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The Alex Craven Fund is raising money for 5 year old Alex who suffers with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.  Alex has been accepted for life changing surgery in America which will hopefully enable him to eventually stand and walk (something he cannot currently do).  They are fundraising for the £60,000 needed for the operation, equipment and aftercare.  It was lovely to have Alex’s Mum and Dad, Sarah and Jon, with us on the night.

Variety helps children across the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.  They provide coaches and bespoke wheelchairs, specialist, sensory and recreational equipment for use in the home, school, children’s hospitals, youth centres and create memorable experiences through “Variety Great Days Out”.

We are really pleased to be supporting these two great causes and all had a great time on the night. The total raised on the evening was a fantastic £1033 – a great achievement and a whole lot of fun!