Fund-raiser is just the ticket, David

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A journalist from Moulton has raised hundreds of pounds for charity after auctioning of two-pairs of sought after racing tickets.

David Milnes, who is the Newmarket correspondent for the Racing Post, collected £280 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after auctioning off tickets for Sunday’s meeting at the newly re-opened Chelmsford City racecourse.

The father-of-two saw his total given a further boost after receiving two separate donations of £20, and another of £60 from Racing UK presenter Eddie Freemantle.

“I had two bids of £140 for the pair of tickets I had but Betfred were kind enough to donate another pair so both bidders got a tickets,” said David.

“Usually people bid for the charity because there was so few tickets for the meeting it was all about the tickets. The bidding started at £30 and within 48 hours it had reached £140.”

Mr Milnes, who last year raised more than £600 for a junior football team from the village and the children’s ward at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, collected cash for the MNDA in memory of former Newmarket Racecourses press officer Alistair Haggis who died from the disease last year.