Racing to School receives huge boost with 115 sets of silks donated by South West-based trainers

This week, Racing to School received a huge boost with a donation of 115 sets of silks by a group of trainers from the South West. The donation was spearheaded by Brian Meehan, whose stable is located in Manton, just outside Marlborough.

“It’s a wonderful gesture for such a famous yard, which is synonymous with so many great winners to pass on silks to help with the Racing to School programme,” said Rob Sage on behalf of the charity. “We are so grateful to all the staff and owners at Manton.”

In addition, Jump trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies, Richard Phillips and John Gallagher all kindly donated to help replenish the charity’s stock.

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 our 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.

The new silks came in particularly useful last Thursday, when over 200 pupils from eight Newmarket primary schools descended on Newmarket’s July Course as part of our Godolphin Under Starters Orders Programme, all of whom were able to wear their own set of colours for the day.

We want to extend a big thank you to Brian, Nigel, Richard and John and all of their owners for this generous contribution, which will make such a big difference to the experience of our young beneficiaries.