To celebrate the Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday and the final Jumps meeting of Ascot’s season, the raceday will feature an afternoon of highly competitive racing along with a range of countryside inspired activities to keep the whole family entertained. The proceeds of the day will all go towards supporting the fantastic work that The Prince’s Countryside Fund carries out.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday’s seven races are supported by special sponsors of the event which include the principal sponsor Waitrose plus Dairy Crest, Coutts, Tindle Newspaper Group, Havisham and Troy Asset Management & Brown Advisory. In addition to the racing a charity luncheon will be hosted in the Pavilion where guests can look forward to a meal showcasing the Best of British ingredients and a live and silent auction.

In between races, there will be countryside themed performances to keep everyone entertained, including a sheep dog and duck display, a stunning falconry exhibition and the annual ‘Lamb National’. Pony rides, climbing walls, planting activities and a petting farm are just some of the activities on offer for you to enjoy.

Since HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Fund in 2010 it has played a vital role in providing grants to support rural communities right across the UK. Projects that have been funded range from apprenticeships for budding hill farmers, training for young people to gain employment in the rural economy, community transport schemes in isolated rural areas and projects to educate school children about where their food comes from and why the countryside matters.

Helen Aldis, Manager for The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said, “The aim of the raceday is to support and create awareness of our work ensuring a sustainable future for the countryside. This is the first time we have held a fundraising event of this scale at a racecourse and we are excited to spread the word that we are the only charity dedicated to supporting the people who live and work in the countryside and showcase the valuable projects we have been able to support.”

Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive, Charles Barnett said, “It’s a great honour for us to be staging this raceday for the first time and to be able to assist in raising the profile of, and of course money for the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

“Being a Sunday raceday, we expect a big family crowd and lots of children. We are much looking forward to working with the Prince’s Countryside Fund on our plans to showcase everything that is so wonderful about the countryside and country living to the next generation.”

The Fund is a unique group of brands and businesses brought together by HRH The Prince of Wales to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside. It has provided £4.4m of funding across the UK to a multitude of remarkable organisations working tirelessly to keep farmers farming and our rural communities alive.

In partnership with Ascot Racecourse, the Fund will use this special raceday to help reconnect racegoers with the wealth of activities happening in the countryside and the people the Fund has supported. The day will emphasise the overall importance of the countryside to our everyday lives, including showcasing how traditional crafts and skills are still used today, and helping children appreciate where their food comes from.

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