The 11th Royal Ascot Annual Charity Day, held at Chepstow Racecourse in June, has broken its fundraising record, raising more than £60,000 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.  The popular event, organised each year by our Vice Chair, Julie Hayward, was attended by 300 guests who collectively helped to raise £10,000 more than last year’s impressive total.  The money will provide a huge boost to our Tiny Lives Appeal which aims to raise £1 million for the new neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

Julie Hayward with Chair of the Noah's Ark Charity, Mr Eddie Hayward
Vice Chair, Julie Hayward, with Chair of the Noah’s Ark Charity, Mr Eddie Hayward OBE.

Thanks to the hospitality at the racecourse, guests enjoyed a fantastic lunch and afternoon tea while watching live racing from Royal Ascot. Thousands of pounds were raised from a gold cup raffle and some great auction items which included a car.

Long time supporter of the charity. Marilyn Meisels, travelled all the way from her home in London for the event and wore a Noah’s Ark Charity themed hat, which she’d had specially commissioned.  Marilyn’s efforts were rewarded at the charity day finale, the best hat competition, in which she received a very well deserved first prize.

Marilyn with Julie
Best hat competition winner, Marilyn Meisels with Julie.

Julie Hayward, said: “We’re delighted at the continued success of our Royal Ascot Annual Charity Day and the fantastic amount raised at this year’s event for such a worthy cause.  We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and give a guarantee that the money you have helped raise will go straight where it’s needed most.”

For more information on our Tiny Lives Appeal, visit www.noahsarkcharity.org/tinylives