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Glenn Roeder Raceday exceeds expectations

Press Release 11th August 2022 Newmarket

The Glenn Roeder Raceday, staged at Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday 23 July to commemorate the former footballer and manager, has raised in excess of £160,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Fundraising initiatives included a live auction, raffles, Golden Ticket draw and a spot-the-ball competition in the private facility at the racecourse where 360 guests enjoyed first class hospitality. In addition, there was an exciting online auction featuring more than 100 donated lots, bucket collections by volunteers from The Brain Tumour Charity at Newmarket, Salisbury and York racecourses, private donations and a Just Giving page in Roeder’s name all adding to the fundraising total.

Organiser of the event, Roeder’s daughter Holly said, “We were staggered by the generosity of everyone involved from those who donated auction items to the many people on the day who reached deep in their pockets to help raise such a wonderful amount to support the outstanding work of The Brain Tumour Charity.

“We wanted to create an event to raise money but also where Dad’s friends, family and former colleagues could get together and share their stories and memories of him. Sophie Able and her first class team at Newmarket Racecourses certainly helped us to achieve that and went way over and above to make sure the day was very special for everyone.

“We were so touched by the number of people who came to remember Dad including Dr Ges Steinberg, the West Ham doctor who was so wonderful when Dad first collapsed and subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

Funds raised through The Glenn Roeder Raceday will be donated to The Brain Tumour Charity which is the world’s largest dedicated funder of pioneering research into brain tumours. The Charity also raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease to reduce diagnosis times and provides vital support and information to those with a brain tumour diagnosis now.

Graham Lindsay, Vice-Chair of The Brain Tumour Charity who attended The Glenn Roeder Raceday said, “I remain completely overwhelmed by The Glenn Roeder Raceday; both in terms of the love, respect and generosity by everyone who attended shown to Holly and her family in memory of Glenn but also by the utterly fantastic day that Holly organised – to perfection if I may say so.

“The Charity is hugely grateful for the support and fundraising through The Glenn Roeder Raceday and the money raised will make a very big impact on our work and those we strive to find a cure and kinder treatments for.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and they reduce life expectancy by 27 years, the highest of any cancer. This must change. We can only work towards a world where brain tumours are defeated with the support from people like Holly and her family. Thank you all for what you have done and continue to do.”

Sophie Able, General Manager of Newmarket Racecourses, said, “The whole Jockey Club team are thrilled that such a brilliant amount has been raised for this important cause. Given Glenn’s fondness for racing at Newmarket we were delighted to play our part and we hope everyone who joined us will have lasting memories of a great afternoon celebrating his life at The July Course.”

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