An amateur jockey has completed the “race of her life” in a charity race.
The Macmillan Cancer Support charity race day took place at York Racecourse on Saturday June 11, where Beth Johnson raised £4,780 for the cause. The 23-year-old decided to take part in the run to give back to the charity, which supported her mother through cancer while she was at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The ‘Race of Their Lives’, which was seen by 18,000 spectators, featured 10 runners who collectively raised £107,000 for Macmillan. Darlington’s wife said finishing the race was a “rewarding” experience.
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She explained: “Finishing the race was an incredible feeling. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to tour York Racecourse. It was the icing on the cake after months of training and fundraising. Raising the amount of money we have made is so rewarding, knowing the massive impact this is going to have on those in need of the help and support Macmillan offers.
The annual race day has already raised an impressive figure and is slowly approaching the £500,000 mark, which has been made up of contributions from race day sponsors, a charity horse race and a skydive , a silent auction, generous donors, supporters and York Racecourse. himself.
The full lineup of jockeys included Michael Andrews, George Atkinson, Bella Brown, Lucy Horan, Kerry Humphries, Bethany Johnson, Wendy Normile, Issy Saxby and Carolyn Woods. The race was won by Samantha Brown.
Unfortunately, one runner, Morgan Faye Prescott, was injured while training for the challenge and was unable to compete in the race. Instead, she made the brave decision to walk the nine furlongs on her crutches before the race started.
The amateur riders were joined by a group of twelve thrill seekers who took part in Macmillan’s ‘Jump of Their Lives’ skydive in April and enjoyed hospitality at York Racecourse as a thank you for having raised £30,000 for Macmillan.
The day ended with the Macmillan Silent Auction, with generous supporters bidding on 40 lots raising £70,000, as well as an army of Macmillan volunteers collecting buckets for people with cancer in Yorkshire.
William Derby, Managing Director of York Racecourse, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome racing fans back to our first Macmillan Charity Raceday at full capacity for two years. The fabulous afternoon of racing was accompanied by an exceptional display of generosity for a worthy cause.
“We are very grateful to so many people in horse racing and on the racecourse for helping to raise such an incredible figure. York Racecourse is very proud to have played a part in achieving this a figure approaching £500,000 for the valuable work Macmillan does for all those living with cancer.
“Our partnership with the charity spans 50 years during which an incredible £9.5million has been raised. Congratulations to all of our fundraisers, jockeys and hobby skydivers, and to all who have generously contributed on race day Our sincere thanks to all our supporters and racing fans who made this truly remarkable sum.
Claire Rowney, Macmillan’s Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation, added: “On behalf of all of our nurses, doctors, support workers and cancer experts at Macmillan, I wanted to say a big thank you. to all who made this year’s Macmillan Charity Raceday such a success.
“Macmillan Cancer Support receives no government funding and relies almost entirely on donations – we simply couldn’t help the growing number of people who need us, without the support and generosity of everyone involved.
“This incredible sum will help ensure that Macmillan can continue to be there for people with cancer, from the moment of their diagnosis.”
Thrill seekers can find more details on next year’s “Jump of Their Lives” here and for more information about Macmillan’s cancer support call the helpline on 0808 808 00 00 or visit Macmillan’s online community