To mark the launch of its support the NTF is to sponsor the HEROS Charity Race at Windsor Racecourse on Saturday 27th August 2016. The Windsor Ladies Day fixture is a major fundraiser for the HEROS Charity 10th anniversary #HEROS10 campaign.
“I know that we can help learners to improve their skills across the board,” said Grace Muir, CEO and founder of HEROS Charity. “There are so many opportunities here at HEROS.”
In 10 years more than 600 horses have been retrained and rehomed by HEROS. Income is tight, but the charity has received grants from The Racing Foundation and a contribution to the cost of rehoming some vulnerable ex-racehorses from the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). Other income is generated from fundraising activities, sponsorship and donations from the public.
HEROS Charity is supported by a Board of Trustees, Patrons, Ambassadors (including Victoria Pendleton, John Francome and Richard Hughes) and Volunteers. It works in partnership with Racing Welfare and other charitable providers.
Grace said: “I am extremely proud of what the charity has achieved over the past 10 years but I know that we can help more ex-racehorses if we can raise the funds and, through our collaboration with the NTF, supported by the Racing Foundation, we have the opportunity to help people progress through their racing career as well. Events such as our Windsor Raceday are vital to raise funds for the charity and build awareness of the developing education programmes.”
Stuart Dorn, Executive Director at Royal Windsor Racecourse said: “We are delighted to host this event with HEROS, we see this charity and the work it does as a vital part of our industry. The HEROS Charity Race will be the first Windsor has seen for a long time and we’re very excited – particularly as the Daily Mail’s Marcus Townend is attempting a Victoria Pendleton-style ‘desk-to-saddle’ campaign of his own.”
Shelley Perham, NTF recruitment and training co-ordinator said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the HEROS Charity Race. As well as being a great supporter of the work HEROS does with retired racehorses we also aim to build the education programme with the charity. We’re confident this is the start of extended collaborative efforts with the HEROS team.”
Members of the public or supporters who wish to attend the HEROS Charity Raceday at Windsor on 27th August, or to contribute in other ways, should call 01488 638820 or visit the JustGiving Auction page.