Built upon the foundations created by the team behind the Newmarket Festival fundraising initiative, we recognised that while there were lots of fantastic initiatives and plans in place, they tended to be developed in isolation.
Newmarket Charitable Foundation has been formed in partnership with existing organisations, business leaders, to bring everything together – ensuring there is a coherent and united approach to facilitate, and create opportunities to shape a thriving, sustainable Newmarket and push forward transformation that the whole community will benefit from.
The charity is built upon the foundations created by the team behind the Newmarket Festival fundraising initiative, which has funded a fantastic array of initiatives over many, many years:
- Purchasing a health monitor for a young Newmarket child with diabetes;
- 5K to Newmarket’s Covid Support;
- Several donations to the Bill Tutte Memorial Scholarship to assist with tuition fees for Newmarket children going to University;
- 2K to Shaun Whiter who tragically lost both legs in a hit and run road traffic accident on Dullingham Road. This was to assist with his immediate needs;
- Funding to Little Buds Children’s Nursery in Exning and saving it from closure;
- Funds paid to Suffolk Young Carers to pay for respite care of those children that have to care for their parents.
- £5,000 to the National Horseracing Museum to pay for a viewing platform;
- £7,000 within the last 12 months to Newmarket Day Centre to provide food for the elderly residents;
- Funding a new kitchen at a Mental Health Charity in Bottisham;
- Buying new table tennis tables for Burwell Table Tennis Club;
- Providing funds to Chippenham Cricket Club;
- Spice Guides funding (this group is for girls with special needs);
- Funding new sight screens and a pitch cover for Newmarket Cricket Club in 2021;
- Funding new staging for Newmarket Academy;
- Providing 20 laptops for students during the pandemic;
- Funding counselling sessions for all 11 Primary Schools in Newmarket, in addition to Newmarket Academy
- Financial aid for Newmarket Library;
- Financial aid for the emergency fund at The Racing Centre during the pandemic;
- Purchasing a bench in the Memorial Gardens;
- Dealing with various funding requests from local schools;
- Match funding in order that Laureate Primary School could purchase a golden mile track around the perimeter;
- Several “Dragons Den” at Newmarket Academy and through that funding travel for an English girl basket ball player, purchasing a piccolo for a girl in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Funding for several students to do voluntary work in Africa, new bikes, sound recording studio, tools etc. One young beneficiary is now at Red Bull F1 Team;
- 3K and 5K to Niamh Henry Fairy Wish Fund (Niamh herself died of cancer aged three)
- Football kit for Newmarket Town Girls Under 12’s
- Delivering hot meals on Xmas Day to the elderly and infirm;
- We have also run several “Live Your Dreams” mentoring sessions at Newmarket Academy;
- Organised “Let’s Read” to help with child literacy and had 70 volunteers attending local schools.
- A Pro-Celebrity Cricket Match between a Newmarket select 11 and the Lords Taverners. Our Skipper was the current England Head Coach, Chris Silverwood. Chris was instructed to enjoy the game but to win and he duly attended with some Essex colleagues! A number of local Trainers played for us and Ed Dunlop took a memorable catch from Mike Gatting
- Three Gala Balls, one on the Rowley Mile and two on the July Course. Steve Cram attended the first one to celebrate London 2012
- Several Sporting Dinners at the Bedford Lodge and the last one before the pandemic with Ricky Villa and Ozzie Ardiles raised £17,000 which enabled us to make a large donation to the Niamh Henry Fairy Wish Fund (£5,000) to help terminally ill children.
- Several Newmarket Hilly Cycling Sportives over distances of 25, 50 and 100km from the Rowley Mile car park cycling around the Newmarket villages and returning to the Rowley Mile car park
- Two summer evening Charity walks
- Two 5k Colour Funs from George Lambton Playing Fields to celebrate the end of the school year
- Two Comedy Club evenings in the Memorial Hall
- Equine Professionals Conference at the British Racing School
- Organising 6 QIPCO Guineas Preview lunches in partnership with Newmarket Racecourses