The real winners of Southern Water’s sixth charity race day have received their prizes.
The event, at Fontwell Park Racecourse near Arundel on October 6, raised £35,000 for seven charities.
They are WaterAid, Asthma Allergy and Inflammation Research (AAIR), Cancer Research UK, RNLI, St Barnabas House Hospice, the Air Ambulance Trust and Help for Heroes.
Representatives from each of the charities returned to Fontwell Park on November 9 to receive their cheques.
More than 4,000 people packed the stands for the day’s racing. Among them were 300 special guests, including representatives from the charities and sponsors, Grand National winning jockey Bob Champion, Paralympic swimming medallist Sascha Kindred and BBC Radio presenter Danny Pike, who hosted the event.
Guests also included staff and residents from Headley Court, the military rehabilitation centre supported by Help for Heroes, who enjoyed the afternoon in an on-course viewing box.
The day’s racing was followed by an evening concert with From the Jam.
The latest event takes the total raised from all the race days to £425,000.
Southern Water’s Kevin Buck, who organised the event, said: “It was a brilliant day and I’d like to thank everyone who supported us.
“We are thankful to all our sponsors, in particular our six race sponsors 4Delivery, Clancy Docwra, Morrison Utility Services, Black & Veatch, BTU and MTS Cleansing Services.
“Thanks also to the hard-working staff and volunteers and to everyone who attended and helped us raise such a tremendous amount of money for seven worthy causes.”