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Join Me in Racing to Support Dementia UK!


Hey there, amazing supporters! I'm back with an update on my charity challenge, and let me tell you, it's been quite the rollercoaster ride lately. Legs 16 and 17 took me to Ripon and Wetherby, but unfortunately, both racecourses had other charities taking the spotlight on the day.



Yesterday I attended Ripon, one of my favourite courses and happily Julie came with me but alas the day was filled with driving issues as the A59, the main road from our house in Lancashire was closed and we ended up having to do crazy detours in both directions meaning that an hours journey each way resulted in 2 hours there and 2 and a half on the return - a hell of a long day.


Despite the setbacks, there were silver linings to be found. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces who, like me, seem to have a knack for popping up at racecourses all over the place. Special shoutout to my fellow Odd Socks Havana shareholders turned friends: Stuart Lewis, Nikki Curwen, and Ann Goldsbrough and then my niece's husband Ed for a drink after racing. Your support means the world to me!


But fear not, because the show must go on!


Now, let's talk weather. Can someone please tell Mother Nature that it's supposed to be spring? Unseasonably cold days greeted me at Ripon and Wetherby, but hey, a little chill won't dampen my spirits! Wetherby had a big charity day today with their now famous mascot race that had about 90 runners in it I think!





Good old Stuart Lewis joined me today at Wetherby and it was good to see Odd Socks Havana's former stable lass Zoe lead in a winner for her new boss Grant Tuer. I am staying at The Bridge Hotel & Spa just outside of Wetherby tonight, thanks to their kind sponsorship of a room for the night - so I am looking forward to a nice chilled evening with a day off from the races tomorrow - that will give me chance to catch up with some admin etc.














As I gear up for another exciting week ahead, with visits to Catterick, Pontefract, Redcar, and Newcastle on the horizon, I'm feeling optimistic about ramping up our fundraising efforts. Every pound raised brings me closer to making a real difference in the lives of those affected by dementia.


So here's the deal, folks: I need your help to make this happen. Whether it's a small donation or spreading the word about our cause, every little bit counts. Let's show our support for Dementia UK and make a meaningful impact together.


Stay tuned for updates from the racecourses as I continue my journey, and remember, your generosity has the power to change lives. Let's do this!


Donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/page/aroundthecourses and let's race towards a brighter future for those living with dementia.



Thank you for your unwavering support,

Together We Can Make A Difference Graham Arnold 28th April 2024

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