Here at Ayr Racecourse & Western House Hotel we strive to give back to the local communitiy, take a glimpse at what our team have been up to recently


Ayrshire Cancer Support is our Nominated Charity Partner

Ayrshire Cancer Support is the partner charity for Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel and has been for almost 2 years. To date an astonishing £32,000 has been raised by the Racecourse and Hotel. This donation has helped the Ayrshire wide charity not only flourish but continue to help those affected by cancer. 2019 is set to be the most exciting year to date as we continue to aid their brand awareness and provide practical support.

 Ayrshire Cancer Support offer a range of services throughout the district and has grown considerably since being founded in 1982.

 The range of services include, counselling services, drop in centre, support groups, complementary therapies, information services and information leaflets. The second to none patient transport service provides free transport to people undergoing cancer treatment and attending hospital appointments, this is service carried out by volunteer drivers, with an astonishing 1,000 to 1,500 patient journeys made each month on behalf of Ayrshire Cancer patients, with a high percentage of the journeys being made to the Beatson Hospital in Glasgow.

 The charity’s Drop in Centre in Kilmarnock offers a welcoming atmosphere for patients and family members to chat and relax. The centre offers beautiful gardens, a quiet library, breakfast bar and therapy rooms where therapists provide a range of complementary therapies which help to relieve the symptoms of cancer.

 

#Home4Cancer

Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel recently presented a cheque for £18,500! This massive amount was raised by the team at Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel and our fantastic customers.

The money will go towards the #Home4Cancer project which will see the creation of a bright and welcoming new centre here in Ayr!

 

 

Racecourse Gifts Playhouse to Nursery School

Children from Braehead Nursery School in Ayr just love their new playhouse gifted to them from Ayr Racecourse. The ground staff built and painted the house and were on hand to see the children admiring it. It will be used for literacy activities and as you can see from our picture it has already been voted a hit by the youngsters.

Lesley Zonfrillo, one of the teachers at Braehead said: “Thanks to everyone at the Racecourse. The new playhouse will provide opportunities to enhance the children’s outdoor learning.”

David Brown, Ayr Racecourse Managing Director added: “Braehead Nursery School is not far from the Racecourse and we were delighted to help the local community in this way.”

 

Holmston Primary School Visits Ayr Racecourse

During May 2019 students from Holmston Primary School visited us here at Ayr Racecourse as part of their Travel and Tourism project.

During their visit they learned about the practical functions of working at Ayr Racecourse as well the history behind the Racecourse and impact on the local community. Their informative tour proved to be quite the hit with the Primary School students, where they toured the parade ring, weighing room, stables, track and the hospitality facilities, offering a well-rounded tour of all practices and impact on Ayrshire’s tourism industry.

The tour was hosted by our PR Manager Iain Ferguson who found the experience to be a very rewarding one: “the pupils were very receptive to learning about the racecourse and how racing evolved in Ayr. There were many questions and it was obvious that the pupils had enjoyed their visit in particular the tour of the Weighing Room and the Stables”.

Ayr Racecourse works closely with Racing to School and the DYW project

 

Ayr Racecourse works closely with Racing to School and the DYW project which focuses on developing young people for the workforce.

This work has developed a lasting partnership with Loudoun Academy, in which students from the Academy visited us for a practical day of learning during a Raceday. During their visit they toured the stables, parade ring, weighing room, hospitality facilities and the track where they learnt how to find out the going and what it takes to maintain a racetrack.

After the tour they watched the remaining races from a Private Box, offering a well-rounded experience from both a working and consumers point of view. A day truly enjoyed by all and a project which will continue to flourish, so keep your eyes peeled for our latest updates.

GROUNDS TEAM CLIMB HIGH FOR AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT

Our Grounds team presenting the funds they raised to Ayrshire Cancer Support

Our Grounds team presenting the funds they raised to Ayrshire Cancer Support

(Members of the Ayr Racecourse grounds team including Head Groundsman/Clerk of the course Graeme Anderson (middle row centre) and Nicola George, Corporate & Trust Fundraiser for Ayrshire Cancer Support (front centre))

Members of the Ayr Racecourse Grounds Team recently scaled the heights in the name of charity and raised a terrific £3,000 for Ayrshire Cancer Support.

An eleven strong contingent took a day off from looking after Scotland’s premier racecourse last month and headed to Arran to climb Goatfell.

And last week they were back on home soil to present Nicola George, Corporate & Trust Fundraiser for Ayrshire Cancer Support, the racecourse’s charity partner,   with the cheque which resulted from their efforts.

A delighted Nicola said : “It is great to see the Grounds Team get behind our partnership and climb Goatfell to raise funds for our new cancer support centre for children, young people and adults affected by cancer.

“They enjoyed the challenge so much they are going to take part in our 40th anniversary Extreme Camp Out For Cancer Live Event at Ayr Racecourse on February 19th, 2022. Well done boys and see you in February.”

Graeme Anderson, Ayr ‘s Clerk of the Course and Head Groundsman, added : “We wanted to do something to raise funds for Ayrshire Cancer and several ideas were thrown into the mix and we decided to climb Goatfell.

“Originally we were planning the climb for the summer but we were very busy with racing so it was put back until November. Fortunately the weather was good and the views were stunning. Some of the boys had climbed Goatfell before but it was a lot harder than I thought it would be but we got there in the end.

“It was worth all the effort and we were delighted to raise so much money.”