Hamilton Park reach their target

Hamilton Park Racecourse chief executive Vivien Kyles presents Paul Cockram from Marie Curie and Marie Curie nurse Lorna McGarry with a cheque for �19,000.
Hamilton Park Racecourse chief executive Vivien Kyles presents Paul Cockram from Marie Curie and Marie Curie nurse Lorna McGarry with a cheque for �19,000.

Hamilton Park Racecourse has reached its fundraising target of £19,000 to fund a Marie Curie palliative care nurse in Lanarkshire for a year.

Kind-hearted staff raised the cash in just nine months thanks to a number of initiatives including fundraising walks, collections and raffles.

The total was reached at last week’s final meeting of the season, McTear’s Marie Curie Family Raceday with Mr Men and Little Miss.

Chief executive Vivien Kyles said: “It’s a great feeling, I cannot believe we were able to reach our target so early and the enthusiasm from everybody involved in the racecourse shows how dearly Marie Cure Cancer Care is held in many people’s hearts.

“This money will make a real difference to the lives of people throughout Lanarkshire and beyond. Anybody who has had an experience with the charity knows the incredible work that the nurses do and to be able to help fund one for a year is a privilege.

“I am proud of everybody who has gone above and beyond to help us reach this milestone and we’ve enjoyed the support of many race goers, local businesses, sponsors and members of the racing industry.”

Further fundraising will see five of the Hamilton Park team skydive next month and the racecourse will host a Marie Curie Winter Ball on November 29.

To contribute to the fundraising efforts, visit Just Giving