Organisers of the Newmarket July Festival are launching a new scheme in a bid to get more people in the town involved in fundraising for good causes on their own doorstep.
Mark Edmondson, chairman of the Newmarket Festival said, “The Friends and Patrons scheme is a fantastic way for individuals and businesses to be part of the festival, keep in touch with everything that’s happening and provide support for local worthy causes.”
Since it was first held in 2007, the festival has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes.
Earlier this year, members of its organising committee awarded over £5000 to local community groups including Spice Guides, a Newmarket Guiding group for girls with special needs, the Newmarket U13 girls football team, Street Sports, an Anglia Community Leisure initiative and the Ormiston Children and Families Trust.
A number of local schools have also benefited from donations towards specific projects.
Businesses can become patrons by offering a discount or special offer to Friends of the Newmarket Festival and individuals can support the festival by becoming a Friend for only £5 a year.
The 2014 festival events got under way earlier this month with a Guineas Festival preview lunch.
“This annual event is proving to be a particularly successful fundraising partnership between the Newmarket Festival and Newmarket Racecourses,” said Mr Edmondson
“ I am very grateful to Sheikh Fahad and QIPCO for sponsoring the event which raised just over £11,000 for Newmarket Festival charities and I’m delighted to say that a number of places have already been reserved for 2015.“
As well as a charity auction there was a Guineas-based table quiz, with the winning team receiving free spa days at the Bedford Lodge’s luxury facility.
Other events planned for this year’s festival include the Newmarket Hilly cycle event, the Festival Ball, a charity golf day and a comedy night.
Benefits of becoming a festival friend or patron of the Newmarket Festival including discounts on selected festival events and special offers from festival patrons.
All offers are detailed on the festival website.
To sign up visit the website www.thenewmarketfestival.co.uk
And to celebrate the launch of the scheme, Newmarket Festival are giving away 25 free Friends memberships. To claim email your address details to firstname.lastname@example.org