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A day at the races raises £50,000 for animal health charity

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 17 July 2018

More than 250 guests enjoyed a day's racing and hospitality at Newmarket to raise money for the Animal Health Trust Picture: ADRIAN HOWES

More than 250 guests enjoyed a day's racing and hospitality at Newmarket to raise money for the Animal Health Trust Picture: ADRIAN HOWES

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More than 250 guests enjoyed a spectacular day’s racing and hospitality at Newmarket to raise a record-breaking amount of money for a veterinary research charity.

A charity race day held at Newmarket raised more than £50,000 for the Animal Health Trust Picture: ADRIAN HOWESA charity race day held at Newmarket raised more than £50,000 for the Animal Health Trust Picture: ADRIAN HOWES

The Animal Health Trust (AHT), which is based just outside Newmarket, in Kentford, offers referral services and diagnostic testing for horses, dogs and cats in East Anglia, across the UK and internationally.

The trust’s race day has been held at Newmarket’s July course for 11 years and this year’s event raised more than £50,000 for the charity.

As well as the racing on June 9, a impressive main auction of a safari holiday, Caribbean holiday, private dining experience and behind the scenes tour of Hyde Park Barracks, donated by HRH The Princess Royal, collectively raised more than £14,000 towards the fundraising total.

The event is organised by a very dedicated committee of local business leaders, chaired by Noel Byrne of the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa.

Kevin Clements, director of fundraising at the AHT, said: “The whole committee and the race course provided a tremendous amount of support which made the race day possible.

“Without them this spectacular event simply would not happen and we’re thrilled to be able to say that this year’s event was one of the most successful on record.

“This is a true testament to all of the hard work of our committee members, who are all so very passionate about supporting the AHT, and this really showed on the day.

“We are incredibly grateful to the committee, our sponsors and to all of our guests who gave generously at the event.”

Noel Byrne, chief executive of the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, said: “It was a privilege to chair yet another charity race day for the Animal Health Trust.

“The committee really went above and beyond and this was reflected in a very enjoyable and successful event.

“We look forward to seeing how we can continue to improve this event for next year and finding new ways to support this vitally important charity.”

Anyone interested in attending future events, can visit www.aht.org.uk or email vivien.thomas@aht.org.uk

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