On Friday 28th of July, The October Club, a committee of philanthropists based in the City, held their first fundraising event of the year, raising an incredible £8,580 for Schoolreaders with a day at Ascot Racecourse.
Since 1987, The October Club has raised over £15 million for transformational projects across 35 charities. In 2023 it will raise funds for our Northern England expansion programme, allowing Schoolreaders to provide one to one reading support to an additional 26,000 children across areas of deprivation in the North of England.
The Ascot Race Day was a great opportunity for representatives from Schoolreaders, including staff, trustees and supporters, to get to know The October Club committee and explain more about the importance of our work in promoting lifelong literacy. With the weather on side, it was a fantastic day of raising funds for Schoolreaders.
Funds were raised through a raffle, a live auction, and an enthusiastic game of ‘heads or tails’! A massive thank you must go out to Berenberg, the sponsor for the day’s event, and those who kindly supplied generous prizes for the auction and raffle, including; Richard Morcombe, Alice Garnett, David Coubrough, Elly Polhill, Serena Ansell and Augustine Jewels.
The top highlight for all must have been attending ‘The Berenberg October Club Supporting Schoolreaders Fillies Handicap’ stakes, a race dedicated to Schoolreaders. Charity founder Jane Whitbread was asked to judge the most well-presented horse of the race and presented a prize to the winning groom.
A huge thank you once again to The October Club, Berenberg, and all those who worked so hard to make the day a great success.