A Night at the Races

Charity Race Night

Saturday 30 April 2019 was Rotary Middleton’s third running of their ‘A Night at the Races’ Race Night, the event was held at Middleton Masonic Hall and was attended by around one hundred eager punters.

The event has become somewhat of a Middleton tradition and is run to raise money for charity, this year’s chosen charities were TUSC Uganda and Rochdale and District Mind who took an equal share of the evening’s proceeds.

Race Night raised just over £1500 for the two charities, a record-breaking sum for this event.

Bev Yarwood, Rotary Middleton’s Race Night Project Leader said “thank you to all those who bought tickets, placed bets and bought raffle tickets, the money raised tonight will help so many both here at home and in Uganda.  Thank you to our Race Sponsors, Horse Sponsors and to the many companies and individuals who kindly donated many raffle prizes.  I would also like to thank the Rotary Team, our fantastic compere for the evening Brendan, the Tote volunteers, ticket sellers and the behind the scenes people who set this up and cleared it away.”

TUSC (Transporting Ugandan Sick Children) is a small charity that provides transport for sick and disabled children, pregnant women and others with health needs from villages around Jinja, Uganda to clinics and hospitals.

Rochdale and District Mind are a local charity who, for over 30 years, have been providing mental health services for people living in the Borough of Rochdale.  Rochdale and District Mind are Rotary Middleton’s charity for 2018/19 and they have raised £2500 so far this year.

Kit Wellens, President of Rotary Middleton presided over the raffles and at the end of the evening thanked all who attended for the generosity and Bev and her team on the amazing work done to host the event.  He also thanked Middleton Masonic Hall and staff for hosting the event, a tradition we hope will continue in the years to come.

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