RACECOURSE bosses are set to donate half a day’s ticket sales to Warwick distrct’s food bank.
Warwick Racecourse will donate 50 per cent of all ticket sales from its Thursday (October 6) fixture to the food bank to help those struggling with the cost of living.
Warwick district’s food bank has seen an increase in its users of round 15 per cent compared to 2021 and the average number of food parcels it provides is currently 163 per week.
As a result, when Warwick Racecourse found itself with an additional six-race meeting on its fixture list, due to another Jockey Club racecourse – Exeter – being forced to abandon its card due to lack of rain, racing chiefs decided to donate half the profits.
Andy Bower, Operations Manager for Warwick district food bank, thanked Warwick Racecourse and The Jockey Club for donating half of all ticket sales revenue from this Thursday’s fixture.
He said: “At Warwick district food bank we will do whatever we can to support people facing impossible decisions during these challenging economic times.
“We are delighted to accept this very generous initiative from Warwick Racecourse. This will help us support people in our local community who are being pushed deeper into poverty and struggling to put food on the table while we work towards a future where nobody needs to visit a food bank to get by.”
Thomas Williams, Assistant General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, added: “It is always disappointing when a race day is abandoned at another racecourse but Warwick welcomes the opportunity to host this replacement fixture.
“We hope to encourage locals to come down and enjoy an extra day’s racing at Warwick whilst supporting the fantastic work those at Warwick district food bank do.”
Tickets are £10 and are available online at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/warwick/events-tickets/