Gold Cup Day generosity helps fill the coffers for James Hopkins Trust
Mar 21, 2018
As part of our support for our charity of the year, James Hopkins Trust, staff from Paish Tooth volunteered to do a bucket collection on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Races 2018. A team of us were stationed along Evesham Road en route to the races, decked out in bright orange JHT t-shirts and proffering matching orange collection buckets.
The sun was shining for the start of Gold Cup Day and spirits were high. There was a great atmosphere of anticipation, and passing race-goers were very generous with their contributions, even before getting lucky on the horses! At one point the driver of a waiting car even called through his passenger window to Ellie, one of our volunteers, and offered a £10 donation.
The flow of human traffic was something to behold, both on the way to and from the racecourse. We witnessed some amazing outfits, including gents in very colourful suits and some very brave ladies in open-toed stiletto shoes, many of which had been kicked off for the walk home! Unfortunately by the end of the last race the weather had taken a turn for the worse, and the evening finished in hail and torrential rain which resulted in some very soggy race-goers and volunteers!
Our seven PT team members were joined by Phil McLellan, who is a long-standing volunteer and ambassador of James Hopkins Trust. This was the first time JHT have had a permit to hold a collection at Cheltenham Races, and between us we raised £387.20, which was a great result.
Ria Heap, Volunteer Co-ordinator at James Hopkins Trust, said,
“Huge thanks for today. Thank you so much for arranging so much help for us, we truly appreciate it.”
The PT team thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but we were very grateful for a sit-down at the end of the day!