Fakenham Racecourse backs our Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign

06:30 31 May 2014

David Hunter.

David Hunter.

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Fakenham Racecourse has thrown its weight behind the EDP’s Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign.

The racecourse has become the latest high profile organisation to back our bid to help people affected by Sunday’s devastating fire in Fakenham, and will be promoting the appeal at ladies’ day tomorrow.

It has donated £500 to the campaign and will name tomorrow’s fourth race, The Fakenham Fire Appeal Fund Novice’s Handicap Hurdle Race.

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick and, it is hoped, Fakenham fire fighters will present prizes to the race winner.

Fakenham Racecourse chief executive David Hunter said: “We are proud of our links with Fakenham.

“What is good for the town is good for us and we are happy to do anything we can.

“We want to help to promote this campaign to show people how they can help people affected by the fire and to show how we can all work together to help Fakenham move forward from this.”

The EDP and its sister title the Fakenham and Wells Times is working with Norfolk Community Foundation on the campaign.

We aim to raise £10,000 within a month to help people who lost homes and possessions in Sunday’s fire and, possibly, small businesses which have been affected.

More than 3,000 people are expected at ladies’ day tomorrow.

The event is attracting some of the biggest names in horse racing including jockeys AP McCoy, Richard Johnson, Tom Scudamore and Sam Twiston-Davies as well as Dr Richard Newland, trainer of this year’s Grand National winner Pineau De Re.

The other special guest will be former racehorse Cool Roxy.

Aged 17, Cool Roxy, who is now retired from racing.

He won 11 races at Fakenham which is an all-time record.

He is now competing in dressage, show jumping, showing and hunter trails and is undoubtedly the most popular horse to have graced the turf at Fakenham.

Cool Roxy will be paraded between the second and third race and will accompany the runners to the start of the third race.

The emphasis of the day will be on style and elegance with ladies very much at the forefront.

There will be prizes for the best dressed lady and the best lady’s hat and there will also be prize for the best dressed couple.

Gates open at 11am and tickets will be available on the day.

For further information, go to; telephone 01328 862388 or e mail

To make a donation to the Let’s Fight for Fakenham campaign, make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and take it to your nearest EDP office or send it to the NCF, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH.

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