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Latest News - Nearly £18.5k raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital at Harlow Stadium

19/06/2012


Maurice Newman with 5-year-old Rebecca Carter

In January this year, Maurice Newman set an ambitious target of £20,000 for his last annual fundraiser at Harlow Stadium and when 10% of the total sum is factored in as going to the local RGT, he has bowed-out on a high.

On Saturday 16th June, Rebecca Carter, a former heart patient at Great Ormond Street enjoyed a memorable night when chauffeured to the track with her parents in "Bunny", the GBGB’s promotional stretch-limo to collect the cheque on behalf of the hospital.

Maurice Newman, a perennial fundraiser who has raised well over a quarter of a million pounds during the last 30 years lists the children's hospital as a cause particularly close to his heart so it was with pride on an emotional night at the Essex venue that he handed over the cheque: “I’m so pleased that young Rebecca has been confident enough to enjoy the limelight tonight. She certainly deserves it after a tough start in life but that’s why occasions like this mean so much, when everyone pulls together a real difference can be made.

“I’m 77 now and keen to pass the fundraising baton on so get in touch if you can spare the time, I’ll still do what I can to help out! Finally I’d like to thank Dave
(Barclay) and Mick (Godderidge) at the track and also everybody who contributed their time and money to help a great cause. The monies raised will be invested in life-saving equipment and patient services.”

On the charity day back in May, an all-open racecard kept hundreds of diners entertained in the restaurant before a sporting memorabilia auction and raffle was held. Top lots included a signed Lionel Messi shirt, boxing gloves worn by the great Jake LaMotta and several experiences including golf days and stable visits. The local Retired Greyhound Trust will continue to find loving homes for the track’s ex-racers.

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