We were delighted to welcome 330 guests to our first ever race day and lunch at Plumpton Races at the end of February.
Despite wet and windy conditions, a ground inspection allowed the event to get underway. The highlight of the card for our supporters was the R.A.B.I / Joan Collison Memorial Handicap Hurdle which was won by 3-1 shot Sea Wall, ridden by Tom Cannon.
In total, the day is set to raise an incredible £7,300. Donations exceeded £540, a raffle raised £1,777, an auction brought in a further £2,400 and profits on ticket sales generated £2,624.
Sally Field, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South East, said: “It was a brilliant day out and I’d especially like to thank Betty Chantler for sponsoring a race and encouraging me to go ahead with this new fundraising event. We enjoyed great food, great company and lots of positive feedback so we’re already looking forward to doing it all again next year.
“Best of all, we raised a sizeable sum of money to help those people in farming going through tough times through no fault of their own. This money will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
We would also like to say a big thank you to students from Plumpton College who braved the weather to man the gates with collecting buckets.
Photo credit: Craig Payne