Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot

PUBLISHED: 15:20 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:20 05 January 2015

The jumps season at Ascot always provides a thrilling day out. Photo: Alan Crowhurst

The jumps season at Ascot always provides a thrilling day out. Photo: Alan Crowhurst

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund inaugural Raceday will be held at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, 29 March 2015

We’re delighted to announce that the final jumps meeting of Ascot’s season will highly competitive racing along with a range of countryside inspired activities to keep the whole family entertained. The proceeds of the day will all go the fantastic work that The Prince’s Countryside Fund carries out.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday is supported by sponsors including the principal sponsor Waitrose plus Dairy Crest, Coutts, David Brownlow, Troy Asset Management & Brown Advisory and the Tindle Newspaper Group. In addition to the racing a charity luncheon will be hosted in the Pavilion where guests can look forward to a meal showcasing the Best of British ingredients and a live and silent auction.

In between races, there will be countryside themed events, including a sheep dog and duck display, a stunning falconry exhibition and the annual ‘Lamb National’. Pony rides, climbing walls, planting activities, a petting farm and countryside pursuits are just some of the activities on offer for you to enjoy.

Since HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Fund in 2010 it has played a vital role in providing grants to support rural communities right across the UK. Projects that have been funded range from apprenticeships for budding hill farmers, training for young people to gain employment in the rural economy, community transport schemes in isolated rural areas and projects to educate school children about where their food comes from and why the countryside matters.

Helen Aldis, Manager for The Prince’s Countryside Fund, says: “The aim of the raceday is to support and create awareness of our work ensuring a sustainable future for the countryside. This is the first time we have held a fundraising event of this scale at a racecourse and we are excited to spread the word that we are the only charity dedicated to supporting the people who live and work in the countryside and showcase the valuable projects we have been able to support.”

Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive, Charles Barnett adds: “It’s a great honour for us to be staging this raceday for the first time and to be able to assist in raising the profile of, and of course money for the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

“Being a Sunday raceday, we expect a big family crowd and lots of children. We are much looking forward to working with the Prince’s Countryside Fund on our plans to showcase everything that is so wonderful about the countryside and country living to the next generation.”

In partnership with Ascot Racecourse, the Fund will use this special raceday to help reconnect racegoers with the wealth of activities happening in the countryside and the people the Fund has supported. The day will emphasise the overall importance of the countryside to our everyday lives, including showcasing how traditional crafts and skills are still used today, and helping children appreciate where their food comes from.

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Plan your day out

Tickets for the charity luncheon can be bought via the Ascot Sales Team on 0844 346 3000 and a table of ten costs £2,000 + VAT which includes a champagne reception followed by a delicious luncheon showcasing the Best of British ingredients and a live and silent auction with a fantastic variety of items and experiences.

General admission, Private Boxes and a la carte dining are also available. Raceday tickets can be bought from www.ascot.co.uk or by calling 0844 346 3000, with prices starting at just £16 for groups of 10+.

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Fund is a unique group of brands and businesses brought together by HRH The Prince of Wales, who has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain’s hard pressed rural areas, to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside.

So far it has given £4.4 million in grants distributed to 105 projects across the country, directly benefitting 80,000 people. All projects focus on supporting the people who care for our countryside and make it tick.

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