Newsboy hits headlines with £20k for charity

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One of the country’s best-known racing correspondents has given a financial boost to a racing charity after presenting them with a cheque for more than £20,000.

Dave Yates, from the Daily Mirror, was on hand at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse on Friday, to hand over a cheque for £20,245.38 to Racing Welfare.

Mr Yates, who works under the name of Newsboy, raised the cash back in August when taking on the daunting challenge of cycling between Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Including in his final total were numerous sums donations from people connected with the industry based in and around Newmarket.

Featured on his list of sponsors hailing from the area were trainer John Gosden, racing presenter Oli Bell. and jockeys Frankie Dettori, and William Buick, with the latter donating the £1,000 he won for being the leading jockey at this year’s Glorious Goodwood meeting.

“This was an amazing achievement by David and we are all incredibly grateful to him,” said Lesley Graham, chief executive of Racing Welfare.

“Because of his long-standing involvement in racing, he knows just how important our work is in supporting the staff who are the backbone of the sport.”