30 Dec 2013 Pre-2014 Releases

For the fifth year running, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is delighted to announce its continued support of charity Tickets for Troops, following a record-breaking year.

In 2013 over 11,500 tickets have been used by members of Tickets for Troops – up by 3,000 from 2012 – providing servicemen and women, and their families, with the opportunity to enjoy a free raceday. Tickets were donated to racing’s premier events, including all five days of Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood, The Derby and St Leger, and popular days at Aintree, Chester and York.

Over the four years so far around 35,000 tickets have been donated by racecourses across Britain.

2014 promises to be another great year for the partnership with racecourses once again showing substantial support and generosity for the scheme and continuing to donate tickets for major race meetings across the year.

Robin Mounsey, Media Manager for BHA, said:

“We are delighted that British Racing is able to show some appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country. We are very grateful to our racecourses for the generosity they continue to show for the charity.

“2013 was an exceptional year for the partnership, with a record number of troops making use of the scheme to go racing across Britain, and we hope plenty of troops will enjoy a well-deserved day at the races in 2014.”

Tickets for Troops is a charity that supports the work of serving military personnel and veterans who have been medically discharged from the Forces since 2001, by offering tickets to some of the UK’s top sporting and entertainment events.

Lord Marland, Chairman of Tickets for Troops, said:

“Throughout 2013 the support from the horseracing community has once again been exceptional with more than 11,500 tickets having been allocated to servicemen and women for race days across the UK. We are so grateful for the overwhelming level of generosity from the racecourses and BHA and I’d like to thank them all for their ongoing support.”