Spinal Research goes to the races

Stuart Dunne on left with Robert Shelton on right, Trustee of Spinal Research and Organiser of the event at Wetherby Racecourse. (S)
Stuart Dunne on left with Robert Shelton on right, Trustee of Spinal Research and Organiser of the event at Wetherby Racecourse. (S)

Spinal Research celebrated their biggest turn out in the 24-year history of their annual race day at Wetherby Race Course recently.

Three hundred people enjoyed a champagne reception and luncheon followed by a day’s racing and raised over £43,000 on the day.

Robert Shelton, a trustee of the charity and organiser of the event, said: “Our expectations have been greatly exceeded with new friends, families, businesses and trusts supporting the event.

“My thanks go to our generous guests, benefactors, and loyal helpers.”

The charity welcomed special guest, 12-year-old Bel Young, from Harrogate, who addressed the gathering, talking candidly about the freak playground accident four years ago which has confined her to a wheelchair, unable to move from the neck down.

Pictured are Stuart Dunne, left, with Robert Shelton Trustee of Spinal Research and organiser of the event at Wetherby Racecourse. (S)

Dr Mark Bacon, Chief Executive of Spinal Research, said: “Spinal cord injury is truly devastating and our determination to restore function never waivers.”

“It was a unique privilege to meet Bel, her family and the many extraordinarily generous supporters at a spectacularly successful and enjoyable day in Wetherby.”