Thursday 19th July 2018
A staggering £25,303 was raised at Royal Ascot’s Armed Forces Day for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The Trustees of Ascot Racecourse Limited will also supplement the total fundraising figure with an additional donation.
Over the last five years more than £135,000 has been raised at Royal Ascot, including donations from racegoers and corporate support from Ascot Racecourse.
Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Walker OBE, Berkshire County Chairman ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said on behalf of the three charities:
“We are so grateful to the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse and all the racegoers who have been so generous and welcoming this year. The day is always a highlight in our calendars and it is so lovely to see the public engage with servicemen and women.
“Our charities help the entire military family, from our oldest Second World War Veterans to those currently serving at home and abroad, and we simply couldn’t do that without the overwhelming support from the public, as we saw once again from Royal Ascot visitors.
“This year we have celebrated and commemorated several big anniversaries, including the centenary of the end of the First World War, 75 years since the famous Dambusters raid and of course the Royal Air Force’s 100th birthday and so it feels even more special.”
Ashley Morton-Hunte, Corporate & Racing Communications Manager at Ascot, said:
“We are delighted to be able to give something back to these three fantastic Armed Forces charities who do so much positive work for those in need. Year on year it is wonderful to see racegoers give so generously to the charities and we look forward to welcoming military personnel next year.”