On Monday 30th May we attended Cartmel Races.
We had two gazebo’s one on the course side and one on the Paddock side. This gave us great access to the race goers and opportunities to share information about the centre and services we offer, and just as importantly to raise money.
This Monday in the season would normally be a Bank Holiday, however with the Royal Jubilee, it meant it was a much quieter day with the footfall on the course. The weather wasn’t much of an incentive either, but this didn’t deter the staff and volunteers from walking around the course, standing at key positions and sharing information with anyone who was interested in the services we offer.
Rebecca and two of the volunteers were invited into the luncheon tent with Lord Cavendish and his guests and gave them a short presentation on our services and included the numbers that we supported last year to give it some context.
The bottle tombola on the Course side was very well received and something we should repeat in the coming years, and there was a lot of interest in people finding out more about the services we offer.
We were also invited to pick ‘the best turned out’ horse in the final race, which was the Women’s Community Matters Hurdle for fillies. After this we were invited to the top of the tower to watch the race and had the best view across the whole course. Rebecca then presented the Winning horse’s owner, trainer & jockey with their prizes.
It was a long, but great day and an opportunity for us to be able to share the work we do with another type of audience and the promise of further days in the coming years bodes well for fundraising and raising awareness in the future.
We raised a whopping £1431.96 plus an amazing donation of £500 from Lloyds Bank. We wouldn’t have been as successful if not for the volunteers who support us and enable us to attend events like this, so thank you!