A service celebrating the life of legendary racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil has raised more than £5,000 for charity.
The money, £5,260 in total, was donated by more than 1000 people who attended last month’s service at Ely Cathedral.
And, in accordance with the wishes of Sir Henry’s family, it has been split between Cancer Research UK and the Ely Cathedral Trust.
“We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the collection, “ said Lady Cecil, Sir Henry’s widow. “We wholeheartedly support both of the charities and are very pleased that the service was able to raise funds for each of them.”
Sir Henry, who was champion trainer ten times, died in June after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 70.
His private funeral service was held at St Agnes church in Newmarket but it was decided to hold a public memorial service at Ely Cathedral because Sir Henry much admired the iconic landmark known as the Ship of the Fens,
On a clear day, it is visible from Newmarket’s Warren Hill where Sir Henry had trained racehorses for more than 40 years.