Charity day for cancer breaks records

Ruth Carr hits the front on Dubai Dynamo in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives 2016.

Ruth Carr hits the front on Dubai Dynamo in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives 2016.

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AN ANNUAL charity day at York Racecourse to raise funds for the Macmillan cancer charity continues to break new records after raising hundreds of thousands of pounds at the weekend.

First staged in 1971, the event has now raised more than £7m after generating another £450,000 on Saturday from generous Knavesmire race-goers. More than 27,000 people watched the Ride of their Lives charity race, which was won by Stillington trainer Ruth Carr on her own horse, Dubai Dynamo.

She alone raised £35,000 through sponsorship for a race in which there were no losers.

Lynda Thomas, the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, expressed her thanks to the fundraisers who have supported the Macmillan Charity Raceday and made the event “such a success”.

She added: “This is the biggest single fundraising event in our calendar, so plays a big part in funding Macmillan services, which are there to ensure that people get the best quality care and support throughout their cancer journey.”

James Brennan, the racecourse’s head of marketing, also praised the fundraising efforts.

Supporters have already pencilled June 17 next year in their diaries, the expected date for the 47th staging of the charity event.

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