A race night held at Sedgefield Racecourse raised more than £15,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the funds have been presented to the life-saving charity.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy showed his support for the event when he visited guests in the sold out hospitality suite where supporters of the charity had gathered to watch the evening’s racing.
The event, organised by Tom Robson, a long-term supporter of GNAAS, is in its fourth consecutive year.
Mr Robson, of Roflow Environmental Engineering firm, said: “The evening has become a highlight of the region’s social calendar and once again the amount raised is a credit to everyone who attended.”
The event, which took place in August, included seven live races and guests enjoyed a performance from soul singer Jacki Graham. BBC’s The Voice contestant Moni Tivony and Capital FM DJ Rob Howard also performed.
Be Premiere Hair, based in Darlington, sponsored a best dressed ladies competition and ran a pop up salon to offer free hairstyles to punters.
Grand National winner Ryan Mania, who was airlifted by GNAAS earlier this year, encouraged people to “dig deep” before an auction that raised more than £10,500. One bidder won a Grand National race card signed by Mania and all of last year’s Grand National competitors.
The money was last week presented to GNAAS. Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “The event, once again, was a huge success and the amount raised will go towards keeping our air ambulances flying.”
There was a GNAAS bucket collection that also contributed towards the total.
Next year’s Roflow Ladies Evening for the Great North Air Ambulance Service will be held on Tuesday 26th August 2014. For further information please visit www.sedgefield-racecourse.co.uk or call 01740 621925.