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A Question of Racing proved a winning format at Exeter Racecourse on Tuesday with a packed audience entertained by some of horse racing’s leading personalities.
The racecourse had teamed up with the charity Love Devon to provide an entertaining hour of questions fielded by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald, after its iconic Haldon Gold Cup meeting, and to raise awareness of the work of Love Devon.
On the panel were Devon-born leading female jockeys Bryony Frost, an ambassador for Love Devon, and Lizzie Kelly; the 11-times champion trainer Paul Nicholls; Phillip Hobbs; David Pipe and Joe Tizzard, a former top jockey who now assists his father Colin.
Paul Dyson, a senior partner at Scott Richards Solicitors, which sponsored the evening said: “It was a brilliant event, well supported and very enjoyable. We are delighted to support Love Devon and we hope that more people spread the word about this fantastic charity. We also love racing so it was great to team up with Exeter Racecourse to do this.”
Paul Nicholls added “That was a lot of fun. It was great to be able to support such an important charity for Devon, and I’d love to be involved again.”
Love Devon’s chairman Chris Coward, who organised the event, said: “It was the perfect opportunity to tell people about the work we do at Love Devon, while also providing a fun and entertaining evening. We’re also very grateful to all the panellists for giving up their time. Without them, the evening would not have been such a success.”
Love Devon is the trading and fundraising arm of Devon Communities Together, an independent charity which works with a very broad range of people, from rural and coastal communities to more urban centres, and supports them across a wide variety of areas. This includes affordable housing, entrepreneurship, neighbourhood and community plans, sport and play, and health and wellbeing.
Its work is always designed to help communities help themselves. The team at Devon Communities Together is focused on inspiring, up-skilling, training, supporting and advising groups and individuals to make changes and achieve positive outcomes for their communities.