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Heart-warming Day at Taunton: Racing & The Local Community

Leg four of our adventure took us down to Taunton, a new racecourse for both Julie and me. We weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary, but boy, were we in for a surprise—a day filled with laughs, unexpected kindness, and plenty of love for Dementia UK.

When we arrived, it was clear this wasn't your average race day. The Taunton Round Table had pulled out all the stops for a charity event, turning the track into a colorful spectacle. Even though it wasn't our designated charity day, we dove right into the fun, watching T-rexes roam around with donation buckets like they owned the place.

And then came the moment I'll never forget—chatting with Colin Tizzard, a big name in horse racing. Turns out, he's a big fan of our Dementia UK efforts. His offer to help blew me away, showing just how much good can come from spreading awareness. I have no idea why Cue Card remains as one of my favourite horses of all time but to meet Colin, who trained him was fantastic.

But let's not forget the racing itself. Taunton may not be the biggest track, but it's got heart. The close-knit setup made it easy to catch all the action, whether you were in the stands or right up close in the paddock.

And as if the day couldn't get any better, the locals at the Winchester Arms in Trull made us feel right at home. A huge thanks to them for putting us up and sharing stories over a couple of drinks. Even Julie got into it, chatting away about Somerset County Cricket Club like she was born for pub talk.

Looking back on our time at Taunton, it's clear that the true magic lies in the unexpected moments. While Aintree might've been the headline act, it's places like Taunton, filled with kindness and community spirit, that make this journey truly special.

In the end, it's not just about the races or the miles—it's about the connections we make and the difference we can all make together, one step at a time. Taunton might've been a pit stop, but the love and support for Dementia UK we found there will stick with us for the long haul. But despite all the fun we have had today, the main reason for doing all of this is to raise awareness of everything Dementia UK does in the support of families affetced by this dreadful condition and to raise some funds on their behalf. So Iast two things tonight, please share this blog post and please donate as much or as little as you feel appropriate to the Just Giving page, where the money goes straight to Dementia UK. Thank you and remember: "Together we can make a difference" Graham Arnold 11th April 2024

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