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JOIN THE RACE TO HELP MEND A BROKEN HEART

Wed, May 18, 2011

Join the Race to Help Mend a Broken Heart

Uttoxeter Charity Race Day to support 50 years of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and
the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal

Uttoxeter Racecourse has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to mark the charity's 50th birthday and help mend broken hearts.

With the generous support of the racecourse, the BHF will be hosting a Charity Race Day on Wednesday 13 July to raise vital funds for the BHF's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. The race event will take place at Uttoxeter Racecourse, situated between Burton-on-Trent and Stoke-on-Trent.

Individuals, groups and businesses are being urged to help ‘mend a broken heart' by sponsoring a race or enjoying a race day hospitality experience in support of the heart charity's most ambitious appeal to date.

The goal of Mending Broken Hearts is simple: to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts' in as little as 10 years and save and improve the lives of millions within decades.

Local farmer and family man Dave Taberner, of Highfields Farm in Anslow says: "Following my sudden heart attack last year, I know first-hand that heart disease can touch us all. Supporting events like the Charity Race Day will help the BHF raise an additional £50 million to fund the groundbreaking research that could give hope to millions of people. I urge people to sponsor a race, or buy a ticket for the hospitality package, which is available for the Charity Race Day on July 13th. Your sponsorship will make a big difference in helping beat heart disease for good".
You can support the Charity Race Day in a couple of ways. By sponsoring a race with the Gold Package for £2,500 (incl VAT) you can have your name in the title of the race, for example ‘John Smith supports the BHF Day Stakes'. The Gold Package sponsorship is generous and includes a table for 10 for lunch in the hospitality lounge, several promotional opportunities such as a full page colour raceday programme advert, transmission to over 9,000 betting shops around the country, coverage on At The Races (the free to air Sky channel) and local press coverage. There's also an opportunity to visit the parade ring and present the trophy to the owner of the winning horse. A Silver Package is available at £1,750 and includes race sponsorship only.

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Alternatively, a hospitality package is available for individuals or groups who want to enjoy the race day experience from the comfort of the Premier Hospitality Lounge, which offers super panoramic views of the racecourse. At £850 (incl VAT) per table of 10 (or £85 per person), the package also includes entry into the premier enclosure, a drink on arrival, 3-course lunch, a raceday programme and a Tote discount betting voucher. Full details are available on request.

James Elston Commercial Manager says: "I'm delighted that Uttoxeter Racecourse is supporting the BHF in 2011 with the Charity Race Day event. A lot of hard work has gone into the planning behind it and it promises to be a great day's racing. Everyone sponsoring a race or buying a ticket will be helping the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal".

For more information about sponsoring or attending the Charity Race Day, please contact Donna Stokes on Tel 0121 353 2087or Mob 07714 069132, or email stokesd@bhf.org.uk

Everyone can really can make a difference by supporting the Appeal and help give hope to millions. If you would like to find out more about organising your own BHF 50th anniversary fundraising event, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Donna on T: 0121 353 2087 today. For more information about the BHF's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, visit bhf.org.uk/mbh.

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For further information or interviews, please contact Donna Stokes on stokesd@bhf.org.uk or Tel 0121 353 2087 or Mob 07714 069132 or BHF press office on 020 7554 0164 or 07764 290381 (out of hours) or email newsdesk@bhf.org.uk.

Picture caption: Local farmer and family man Dave Taberner, Highfields Farm in Anslow, pictured with the BHF's ‘Hearty', and James Elston at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Notes to Editors

About the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal:
Celebrate the British Heart Foundation's 50th birthday by supporting the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. Its goal is simple - to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts' in as little as 10 years' time. Help us give hope to millions. Visit bhf.org.uk/mbh or call 0844 847 2787

About the British Heart Foundation:
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation's heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.

About Uttoxeter Racecourse:
Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD. Tel: 01889 56256 www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk. By Road: Situated just off the A50 between Burton on Trent and Stoke on Trent the racecourse is clearly signposted from the A50, A515, A518 and Uttoxeter Town Centre.

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