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Grand National Winner Supports Race Night Fund Raiser

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Horse Racing Legend Gerry Scott attended a Charity Race Night at Fearby near Masham, North Yorkshire, to help residents raise money for the Village Hall, an important centre for the local community.

Gerry Scott is well known in horse racing circles as the only man to have ridden the winner of the Grand National and also to have started the race. He rode Merryman IInd to victory in 1960, which was the first time the race had been televised. Thirty years later, he was the official Starter at Aintree for the 1996 Grand National.

It was a great pleasure to meet Gerry and to hear about his experiences in horse racing. I was interested to learn that he started the Princess Royal at “Redcar Races” where she won her first flat race. This was of particular interest to me as I was born in Redcar. He also carried the banner for the Jockey Club round Horse Guards Parade during the cellarbrations held for the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. The picture below shows Gerry presenting the prize for the “Best Dressed Lady” which was a bouqet of flowers and a bottle of champagne.

The Race Night was great fun and brought in much needed cash which will be used to maintain the village hall. Everyone had a great time and the organisers are confident even more folk will attend next time.

Gerry Scott who rode the winner of the Grand National and started the race too.

Gerry Scott presented the prize for the best dressed lady.

If you are interested in booking a race night to raise funds for your organisation then please follow this link through to the Race Night secion of our web site.

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Race Nights are great fun and are a tried and tested way to bring in cash for worthy causes. They do need to be organised properly.

Make sure your charity / fund raiser Race Night is a roaring success!

Things you must do :

  1. Make sure that all of the horses are sold in advance
  2. Get a sponsor for every race
  3. Sell jockeys as well as horses
  4. Run side bets such as the ” Tri Cast “which can be sold in advance
  5. Organise pie and peas and sell admission tickets so that people are comitted to come (allow  pay on the door too )
  6. Organise a rafflle
  7. Advertise the event
  8. Run a bar or use a venue which has a bar
  9. Make sure as many people as possible come on the night and bring their friends with them
  10. Take photos and send out a press release afterwards and let people know how to donate after the event

The key to success with a Race Night is to do as much as possible in advance. You should always be a few hundred pounds up even before the doors open on the night. Please get in touch if you need advice.

For more information see:

How to make money on a Race Night

Race Night Check List

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Have you ever organised a race night?  Can you suggest other ways to bring in extra cash ?

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