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Brighton Rocks: A Day of Sunshine, Racing, and Generosity

Hello, just me again

I'm back with another update from the road, and let me tell you, Brighton Races did not disappoint. From stunning views to heartwarming hospitality, it was a day to remember.

First off, let's talk about those views. Arriving from my overnight stay in Worthing, I couldn't help but be captivated by the breathtaking scenes from the top of the Sussex Downs. Looking down on the city and across the English Channel, it was the perfect start to the day.

After getting myself sorted, I made my way to the office where I met Polly, my point of contact for the day. Let me tell you, Polly's friendly and helpful demeanor made all the difference. It's always a pleasure when you feel genuinely welcomed at the course, and Brighton certainly got it right.

Polly suggested I set up a table in the main public area, but before diving into that, I had a mission to tackle—the walking of the course.

Now, Brighton's course isn't your typical circuit—it's a one and a half mile stretch with some interesting undulations and camber. Luckily, the trainee clerk of the course gave me a lift to the start, and from there, I walked back to the winning post, taking in every detail along the way.

Once the gates opened and the racing began, the excitement was palpable. With a fairly large crowd in attendance, the day saw some nail-biting finishes on the track. I had the honor of picking the best turned-out horses in a couple of races and even got to present prizes to the winning owners and trainers—a gesture that truly highlighted Brighton's commitment to recognizing everyone involved in the sport a snot all the courses give a prize to the trainer, so well done!

To top it all off, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Hayley Moore for Sky Sports Racing—a moment I won't soon forget. The support she had the campaign was overwhelming, and I left feeling grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a special day.

And let's not forget the generosity of the folks at Brighton. Together, we managed to collect an incredible £504.03 for Dementia UK, bringing the total donations from the two days in Sussex to an impressive £1,055.20. It's moments like these that remind me of the power of community and kindness.

As the day came to a close, I had a chance encounter with the 'wonder kid' Billy Loughnane—a talent to watch out for in the world of racing, it's only a matter of time before he becomes champion jockey. A quick chat and a selfie later, I was on my way, already looking forward to the next leg of the journey.

But for now, it's time for a well-deserved day off before heading to Windsor for their first Monday evening meeting of the season. And I couldn't be happier to be staying with family—my cousin Jane and her husband Andy have graciously offered me a place to rest my head for the night.

As I wrap up this post, I'm blown away by the incredible generosity and support we've received so far. With a total of £3,450 raised after just 10 legs of the journey, it's clear that together, we're making a real difference.

If you're considering donating online, please visit our JustGiving page using the link below. Every contribution goes directly to Dementia UK, supporting their invaluable work in the fight against dementia.

Thanks for following along, and remember—every step of this journey is made possible by your support.

Until next time,

Graham Arnold 20th April 2024

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