A new intake of silks thanks to Racing to School’s supporters

Supporting a charity can take many forms – a cash donation, volunteering your time or even just helping to spread the word. As racing’s smallest charity, Racing to School is reliant upon, and grateful for all the goodwill received from across the industry, without which it would not be possible to run the education programmes. One of the biggest sources of excitement for our young beneficiaries is being able to wear a set of real jockey silks, which become theirs for the day. This brings so much joy and would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters who donate them to the charity.

Earlier this month, Juddmonte Farm very kindly sent us a set of their world-famous racing silks. On Wednesday at Newbury Racecourse, one lucky pupil from Lambourn Church of England Primary School got to wear them for the first time. A huge thank you must go to everyone at the Juddmonte operation, and to all owners – large and small – who support us in this way.

Last week, long term Racing to School supporter, Richard Farquhar, put out a call to his social media followers on our behalf. He was asking for trainers and owners to seek out their old silks to pass on to the charity, and the response was amazing. After a large number of responses, we were delighted to receive 10 new sets! This really is a fantastic response and our sincere thanks goes out to Richard and all of those who contributed. They were put straight to use for our activity day at Wincanton Racecourse on Thursday.

It goes to show that giving back to charity doesn’t have to be writing a cheque, it can be as simple as writing a Tweet.