Maggie's Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

The Rotary Club of Thornhill and District raised in excess of £2500.00 in aid of the new proposed Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre

"Maggie's Cheltenham Gold Cup Day"

The Rotary Club of Thornhill and District started the ball rolling by raising in excess of £2500.00 in aid of the new proposed Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre planned to be located within Dumfries and Galloway’s Royal Infirmary. “Maggie’s Cheltenham Gold Cup Day” was the brainchild of Rotarian Alastair Sillars held at the Friars Carse Country House Hotel.

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the Jump season, The Rotary Club of Thornhill and District brought the atmosphere, excitement and drama of Cheltenham’s Gold Cup day to Dumfries and Galloway, all in the aid of charity. The hotel’s marquee was transformed as racegoers were cocooned in an environment matching the member’s enclosure with the races being shown live on giant screens provided by T N MacKay.

In true Cheltenham Festival tradition the racegoers entered into the spirit and dressed up for the occasion, the day commenced with a Prosecco reception prior to the first race, afternoon tea was later served and to compliment the day The Creative Whisky Company offered samples of its gin and whisky products whilst Moniaive Chocolatiers sweetened the event with its Tartan Chocolates. 

It was poignant that we choose to recognise the inspiration of local woman Maggie Keswick in creating a blueprint for cancer care centres, “Since her death in 1995, Maggie’s Centres have opened all over the country with many more currently in development. Its work has been praised by leading doctors who recognise the importance of meeting the practical, emotional and social needs of people with cancer” and as Maggie Keswick’s local Rotary club we are honoured to be involved with and assist “Maggie’s” as much as we can.

A huge thank you goes out to Nick Brown (General Manager) and staff of The Friars Carse Country House Hotel who provided us with their marquee and for allowing access to this fantastic venue.

Pictures show:

(a) Cheque being presented to “Maggie’s” L-R Rotarian Alastair Sillars, Mark Cooper, (Maggie’s Centre Fundraising Manager) Nick Brown, (General Manager of The Friars Carse Country House Hotel) Shona Walker, (Maggie’s) and Trevor Baxter, (Club President)

(b) Racegoers taking in and enjoying the atmosphere and excitement of a day at the races

A.S. 29/06/2018