Leopardstown Racecourse partners with ALONE this Christmas

by Rose Barrett
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Leopardstown Racecourse will partner with ALONE, the national charity providing direct services to older people in need, at the upcoming four-day Christmas Festival which runs from December 26 to29.

The Dublin racecourse aims to create valuable fundraising opportunities for the charity and offer ALONE service users an opportunity to come racing at the Foxrock venue over the festive season. ALONE will deliver 1,000 dinners on Christmas Day and provide practical and emotional support throughout the year.

Former racing pundit and trainer Ted Walsh along with his daughter, former jockey Katie were joined by ALONE service user Mary Murphy, as they shared a heartwarming moment with retired racehorse ‘Thousand Stars’ to announce the partnership at their yard at Kill, Co Kildare.

Former racing pundit and trainer Ted Walsh, along with his daughter former jockey Katie share a moment with retired racehorse Thousand Stars in their yard at Kill, Co Kildare and Mary Murphy a service user with ALONE, the charity partner chosen by Leopardstown Racecourse for the four day Christmas Racing Festival (Dec 26 – 29).
Picture ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

One of Dublin’s great sporting and social traditions over the festive period, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from December 26-29, offering four days of top-class national Hunt racing, featuring 7 Grade 1 races among the festival race programme along with a host of live music and entertainment.

To raise important funds for ALONE Leopardstown will have a number of ‘tap to donate’ locations throughout the enclosure, QR codes in the race cards and on the racecourse CCTV network.

Commenting on the partnership, Leopardstown Racecourse Chief Executive Tim Husbands, said “We are delighted to partner with ALONE for our Christmas Festival this year and support the invaluable work they do in communities all around Ireland to ensure older people can remain in their own homes, feeling connected and safe. We look forward to welcoming many ALONE service users to come racing over the four days of the Christmas Festival. Fantastic racing, a great day out and we have a number of fundraising initiatives planned to support the wonderful work of ALONE.”

Frank Dillon, Head of Communications and Fundraising at ALONE “The partnership with Leopardstown is a big support for the work we do, which is increasing every year due to higher demands, and we are very grateful to the all the team in Leopardstown and the horse racing community for their support. 

“Christmas is a very important time for ALONE, we will deliver over 1,000 Christmas dinners on Monday December 25,  thanks to our dedicated volunteers and we will operate our National Support & Referral Line every day of the season.”

Featured Image: Katie Walsh and Mary Murphy with Thousand Stars

Picture: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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