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Chester Race Company Continue to Support SHARE

Chester Race Company continue to show their support to local charity SHARE through a number of diverse initiatives. The charity aims to support families in crisis and people who are homeless within the city as well as further afield through fundraising and volunteering in their city centre store, Share Shop.

As a part of the Chester Race Company’s ‘project 1000’ charity mission, a team from the racecourse spent a day working in the Share Shop on Northgate Street, organising donations and preparing them for sale in the store. An additional team of six people from the racecourse project assisted with the charity’s office move in the Autumn.

Chester Race Company’s portfolio of eateries and bars; 1539 Restaurant & Bar, The White Horse, Commonhall St Social and the Race Company’s catering division; Horseradish, have also supported SHARE’s charity initiative of donating meals to the homeless in Chester.

Adam Dandy, founder and trustee of SHARE commented, “We turned to local restaurants to help us in our quest and were met with an overwhelming offer of support by eight top restaurants so far, these include four of Chester Racecourse’s eateries! Others include The Suburbs, Sticky Walnut and The Coach House Inn. It’s fair to say that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Richard Thomas and his team at Chester Racecourse for helping us to feed people who are homeless in the City!”

Back in the Autumn, a local group including local councillors, TV presenters and charity patrons spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Chester with an aim to raise awareness around homeless, as well as the invaluable work of charities like SHARE. Chester Racecourse offered the grandstand as a place of shelter to the volunteers on what was a cold evening. Cllr Richard Beecham who was a part of the group said, “"I was grateful to be invited to take part in the sleep out by Chester's Share Charity. I think that it is important to try and understand the conditions that some people are finding themselves living in so that we can all work together to make the situation better."  

A generous crowd at the Racecourse firework display in November raised over £4,000 for the charity through bucket collections. Debra Webb, Chairperson of SHARE spoke about the charity beneficiary of the evening and how proceeds from the night’s bucket collection would benefit those in need.  “A person who is homeless is important to us and needs our support – it doesn’t matter where they are, that’s what we do. The Racecourse are really supportive of SHARE and we’ve been very grateful of their ongoing support over the last several months.” The Race Company donated an additional £5,000 from ticket revenues on the evening, bringing the grand total raised to over £9,110.62.

Over Christmas, the Racecourse launched a 12 days of kindness campaign on social media and as part of the initiative, Horseradish pledged to donate food and toiletries to the charity. The donation worth over £500 was made earlier this month when Caroline Cadwaladr from SHARE collected the items and took them back to the charity where they were dispatched to vulnerable people across the City.

Chief Executive of Chester Race Company Richard Thomas said, “We have been overwhelmed at the generosity of the public at Racecourse events such as the firework display where a considerable amount was raised. We are committed to building on initiatives in 2019 and will soon announce news of further efforts we will commit to as a business in supporting SHARE’s objectives and our wider community.”

Find out information about SHARE and how you can support by visiting www.shareaid.co.uk