Fontwell and Goodwood are among racecourses across the country inviting members of the Armed Forces to join them at this season through the military charity Tickets For Troops.
The racecourses have signed up to support the services community with a donation of free tickets to their prestigious race days.
Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops (www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk) endure long periods of separation from their families through operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their families during the week.
In partnership with the British Horseracing Authority, Tickets For Troops have distributed more than 65,000 free tickets from the horse-racing community.
Veronica Bamford, director of operations at Tickets For Troops, said: “In an exciting year for the charity where we’ll be donated our one millionth ticket, we’re thrilled with the generosity of the horse racing community who so clearly stand behind our servicemen and women and reward them for their service.
“This phenomenal level of support once again demonstrates the high regard our nation has for our marvellous troops and we’re very proud to be able to help facilitate thousands of tremendous experiences.”
Racecourses are more than just sporting venues, they also play an important part in their local communities and the rural economy.Robin Mounsey
Robin Mounsey, head of media at the BHA, said: “Racecourses are more than just sporting venues, they also play an important part in their local communities and the rural economy.
“The generosity of our racecourses in donating tickets for this wonderful cause reflects that spirit of community, and clear support for the dedication and bravery of our armed forces.
“We hope that many servicemen and women enjoy the sensational sporting experience that a day at the races provides in 2017.”
Alex Eade, general manager at Goodwood racecourse said: “As a former Royal Engineer Officer I was very pleased to be in a position at Goodwood to support this important initiative and it is great to see the whole racing industry feeling the same way.
“I look forward to welcoming many more of my former colleagues to an exciting day’s racing at Goodwood in the near future.”
Organisations who would like to get involved with the charity and donate free tickets to benefit our servicemen and women can get in contact with Tickets For Troops by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0207 932 0808.
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