Fundraising event at the races

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PEOPLE can support a vital life-saving charity during a day at the races.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was so pleased to have raised £7,000 during a fundraisers at Sedgefield Racecourse that they have organised another event to be held tomorrow.

Jarrow-based engineering firm Roflow sponsored the event on December 22, where a fundraising raffle and auction helped boost the total.

The pot, which will go towards potentially life-saving missions, was boosted by matched-funding from Santander.

Lynne Simmons, fundraising team manager at GNAAS, said the day had been such a great success that the charity had decided to team up with the racecourse at its next meeting on Thursday, January 5.

“The Christmas hurdle day was a great day for the charity. Now we are hoping to emulate that success this week, and we would invite as many people as possible to join us.”

Tomorrow, fundraisers will be collecting and there will also be a raffle. The first race is at 12.40pm.

For more information about tickets and hospitality, call Sedgefield Racecourse on (01740) 621925.

Meanwhile, charity bosses say they still have places left for the Great North Run 2012.

Anyone interested should call Janet on (01325) 487263.