Louise Harwood, Goodwood Racecourse
Louise Harwood, who manages Goodwood Racecourse’s 4,100 or so annual members, made it her mission to be in touch personally with every single one of the racecourse’s 184 members over the age of 80 to offer help and support. In cases, this has meant going to the supermarket on their behalf, in others it has simply meant being at the end of the phone to make the member feel less lonely.
In one instance, an elderly member was having trouble with the computer, meaning that it was impossible to keep in touch via email and do online shopping. Louise enlisted the help of Goodwood Racecourse’s IT team, who were able to fix the problem by speaking with the member over the phone and giving the necessary assistance.
Palace House Newmarket
The National Horse Racing Museum has loaned its 3D printer to a local Bottisham-based engineering student, Georgie Altham, to produce face masks for the NHS and local care homes.
Altham said: "The printer lent by Palace House is the best one I've worked with – and will be printing approximately 30 masks a day. I am also making PPE mask frames to donate to the NHS (currently MAGPAS air ambulance and Ipswich hospital) using my 3D printer and I was looking for more printers which would allow me to increase production so that we can donate as many as possible as quickly as we can. Everyone who we have donated to has been so grateful to have proper PPE.”
Tom Dunlop, son of trainer Harry, has been using his one hour of allocated exercise per day to run the all-weather gallops of Lambourn in order to raise money for the Lambourn Riding for the Disabled Association.
The 14-year-old has now completed all 25 miles of the Jockey Club estates but has continued his fundraising by moving to the private gallops of local Lambourn trainers. This morning he covered 2019/20 Champion Jump Trainer Nicky Henderson’s gallops at Seven Barrows.
You can donate to charity to support’s Tom’s efforts via the link here.
York Racecourse has been playing its part with several initiatives to support a community that has been its home since 1731.
The Stableside part of the organisation, which usually provides accommodation for stable staff, has switched its focus to offer NHS staff a place to stay. Some NHS staff are facing the extra challenge of being isolated from their own families, sometimes by travel distance or perhaps because their own household has vulnerable members. They need somewhere to sleep, have a meal and find a space to recharge their batteries, which is where Stableside has been able to help. This is being done whilst respecting the social distancing protocols and so the wellbeing of the small team and their guests.
York Racecourse is also well known for its floral displays. Sadly racegoers will not get to enjoy them this May, so rather than waste the blooms, some 8,000 pansies, grown from seedling by the track’s gardeners, have been given away to the public who naturally use the Knavesmire for their permitted exercise.