A RADIO newsreader put her faith in local racing talent to win an annual tipping contest for a second successive year at Warwick Racecourse.
Touch FM’s Lindsey Alder will be donating her winnings to Warwick-based charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.
The contest ran over the course of the Qatar Airways May Racing Carnival last month, with Lindsey taking victory on the final day of the season.
It was a close call with only two points separating Lindsey and runner up Roger Hart, with Lindsey benefiting from backing horses from local trainers like Dan Skelton.
Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses, which offers terminally ill children 0-18 pastoral support by granting ‘wishes’- which could be anything from buying new hospital equipment, to toys or experiences.
Lindsey said: “I’m delighted, and surprised, to win the contest for the second year in a row. Thanks to Warwick Racecourse for putting it on and commiserations to Roger who I pipped at the last post.
“After supporting soldier charity 353 last time out, I wanted to donate my winnings to another local charity and having interviewed the guys from Molly Olly’s Wishes a few times at Touch FM, I decided there was no better choice!
“If putting a few fantasy bets on some horses helps fulfil just one child’s wish, then I’m very happy with the result”.
Lindsey’s £350 donation will also help the charity fund their Olly the brave packs, that assist patient’s emotional well-being by normalising being in a hospital environment through therapeutic toys and books.
Rachel Ollerenshaw, Trustee at Molly Olly’s Wishes, added: “We would like to thank Lindsey for this kind donation and continuing to raise awareness for our charity.
“If people can’t always give money but can raise awareness by telling five people that’s brilliant as well.
“By making connections at local events like this we are able to find the right people to facilitate a wish for somebody like being a jockey for the day as an example.”
This year marked the fourth year that Warwick Racecourse welcomed the May racing carnival to its grounds with more than 11,000 visitors attracted over the month.
Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourses, said: “We would like to express our thanks to all of the participants at this year’s tipping contest and everybody who joined us across the Qatar Airways May Racing Carnival
“A special congratulations goes to Lindsey on taking first place for the second year in a row and for donating her winnings to Molly Olly’s wishes charity, another inspiring local cause.
“Lindsey’s win yet again proved the strength of racing talent we have in the region, as many of her backed winners came from right here in Warwickshire.”
For more information about Warwick Racecourse visit www.warwickracecourse.co.uk