Ascot Racecourse is proud to be Berkshire’s flagship sports venue and is delighted to assist selected local charities and activities, in addition to racing charities, throughout the year.
Over 250 local charities, communities groups and businesses benefit each year either through monetary contributions or through complimentary tickets for use as raffle and auction prizes.
Beneficiaries in 2016 included: Ascot Volunteer Bureau, The Rotary Club’s Annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race, Latika Junior Tennis Club, the Windsor & District Branch of The Coldstream Guards Association, the Not Forgotten Association, Tickets for Troops and Ascot District Parish Council.
In addition, the beautiful hanging baskets which welcome residents and visitors to the High Street in the summer are funded by the racecourse.
Last year, over £330,000 was raised for The Prince’s Countryside Fund at our dedicated March raceday. This was their single biggest fundraising event for 2016 and has made a significant contribution to the grants that the Fund have distributed to various projects this year.
Working with the Ascot branch of Roundtable, a hugely popular charity fireworks event has been staged at the racecourse since 2006, following the action on the track on our opening raceday of the jumps season. Approximately £200,000 has been raised to date and in addition, local schools benefit by selling tickets to raise their own funds.
The Property Raceday, staged in July, brings together various facets of the property industry and raised around £225,000 in 2016 for children’s charities – nearly £1.5m has been raised since its inception.
Ascot is also engaged with the Racing To School-led Racing Together initiative, which seeks to give something back to the communities in which it operates around the country. British Racing invests £6.6 million a year in community engagement activities, while members of the 22,000 strong workforce donate 6,000 hours of their time each year for charitable activity.
This year, as part of Racing Together's Give & Gain Day, Ascot donated over 2,500 items to local schools, clubs and groups for their summer events. Items such as picnic blankets, camping chairs and stools were donated to support summer fetes, school trips and charity fundraising days in the local community.
On the Friday of Royal Ascot, concessions are available for military personnel and volunteers from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, and a dedicated bar for service personnel and their support operates. On this day, three related charities hold bucket collections; The RN & RM Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has also been involved in the two day CAMRA Beer Festival for the last six years. Held annually in October, this involvement has been translated into some very generous support via sponsors invited along and entertained on the day.
Local charities hold bucket collections at most of our race meetings. Over £400,000 has been raised. During Royal Ascot, the profit from all dress code sales is also donated.
We are very proud to have supported Richard Farquhar on his mission to walk 3,000 miles between all UK racecourses to raise vital funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare, as part of the Walking for Courses initiative in 2015.
For further information on our charitable activities or to request an application to be considered for funding, please contact [email protected]