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Sunday 14 July 2024

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An active role

Community Engagement

Community Engagement | Chelmsford City Racecourse

Some of Our Achievements

Donations to more than 200 local charities each year

£12,000 raised through Family Fun Day in 2021

Annual volunteer work on 'Give and Gain Day'

Increased investments in sustainability

"Huge thanks to all of the team at Chelmsford City Racecourse for their amazing support for Havens Hospices. Second year working with Joanne and team on the annual Family Fun day raising funds for our charity. Fabulous event, well organised and executed, it was great to see so many smiling faces enjoying a great day whilst raising a fantastic amount for Havens Hospices. We are so grateful to CCR for their continued support."

Judy Grocott, Havens Hospices

“It was a beautiful day its always is when I come there thank you all so much for making it pleasant and very enjoyable I always feel safe and happy there thank you All happy Christmas and looking forward to coming back soon”

Brian McGinnis, Visitor

“A well organised day thank you Chelmsford City Racecourse. Royal British Legion Harwich Branch Remembers”

Patrick Ablett, Visitor

"We attended the Autism in racing event they held here and it was brilliant. The people behind putting this together did an absolutely brilliant job! They put soft play in the marquee they set up for us so the individuals with autism had their own space and it was right next to where the horses parade and walk along to get to the track.My two girls absolutely loved seeing the horses and playing with the soft play. And the sensory room was great, the girls playing the games they had in there and enjoying the different colours.All of the staff were brilliant especially the two ladies behind the bar in there. They were so bubbly and friendly and really took an interest in the children and communicated to them and continuously made the effort with us all. They helped me so much as they saw me struggling with my two and that went along way for me and really made my day."

Jade Melissa Tredget, Visitor
Horses | Chelmsford City Racecourse

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to put something back into our community. We understand the importance of community engagement and are huge supporters of the Racing Together initiative."


“Thanks so much for helping make caring more visible, valued and supported this carers week, we had some good conversations with racegoers, and members of staff who are working carers.”

Veronica and Karen, Carers First

"A wonderful day at #MeadowView with an amazing group of volunteers from Chelmsford City Racecourse. They have made such an enormous difference and even pulled in their Head Groundsman to help with the lawn after technical difficulties with the battery operated lawn mower! Such a brilliant day had by all, and really helping to make a positive to so many disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated peoples lives. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and determination!"

"We are so grateful to all the team at Chelmsford City for allowing the charity to invite a local school to have such a privileged day of learning. The racecourse is keen to strengthen its links with its community and we look forward to inviting more schools to take part in the programme.”


“I travelled over from Northern Ireland especially for this and it was fantastic I loved it. It was a great day the band, food all great and racing was unbelievable Thank you for a fantastic day. I will be back next year all been well”

Paul Jackson, Visitor

“It’s been a pleasure working with Jo and her colleagues at Chelmsford City Racecourse since we first spoke in early 2023.It was great for us to participate in the Autism In Racing day in August, which helped families with autistic children experience a great day at the races and helped raise our charity’s profile.We look forward to continuing our relationship in the short and long term future"

Matt Carr - Chair of Trustees POP ESSEX

“A big thank you to Jo Flaherty and the Chelmsford City Racecourse team for going above and beyond to host a first Autism in Racing day at the racecourse - one of the biggest days so far. The sensory room and bouncy castle area were enjoyed by so many local families on a beautiful sunny day. Many families I spoke to had never attended a race meeting before and were captivated by the horses walking past in the parade ring.”

Lucy Gurney, Community & Engagement Manager Racing Together