Donkey Derby comes to Tadworth

Donkeys made a return to Tadworth Court for the inaugural Children’s Trust Donkey Derby.

The first ever Donkey Derby at Tadworth court raised just under an incredible £20,000 thanks to a committee of local supporters who organised this fantastic event. The day had over 1,000 visitors and consisted of eight races that had jockeys and stable people from seven local schools. Along with the races there was lots for all of the family to enjoy such as donkey rides, a BBQ, raffles, tombola's, refreshments and fun fair rides. There was also entertainment in between the races by local groups Eclipse Dancentre, Kettlebells, Chinthurst Entertainers, and C.A.D.A. Stars. Among the spectators was former England cricketer and television personality Phil Tufnell, who said ‘‘the Donkey Derby was great fun and I really enjoyed the afternoon and placing a few bets.’’ As one of our ambassadors, Phil Tufnell helped to get the afternoon off to a racing success by announcing the start of one of the races. Former professional footballer and sports pundit, John Salako, also joined families at the event. Hannah Vince from our fundraising team said: “It was a fantastic event, supported by local schools, their families and many of our supporters. I would like to thank everyone who made the Donkey Derby such a success, particularly to the committee who organised the event, and also to Phil Tufnell and John Salako who came along to show their support”. We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored all the different aspects of the race from the start line to the stable people and the volunteers during the lead up to and on the day. Without the support of volunteers the day wouldn’t have been the success it was!

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