Perth racecourse raises £3630 for STV children’s appeal

Guests at Perth Racecourse have raised £3630 for a charity run by STV to help some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland.

Major partners of the racecourse responded generously to an appeal from Perth Racecourse for prizes for the STV Appeal. Sodexo Prestige in Scotland, which provides catering at the venue, donated the most sought-afer prize, which was corporate hospitality for two at The Open Golf at Muirfield in 2013. Other major prizes included hospitality for two at Perth Racecourse for Ladies Day followed by an overnight stay at Gleneagles; and an overnight stay at the Hilton Dunkeld Hotel with dinner and activities.

The prizes were then put into a silent auction in the corporate areas during one of Perth racecourse’s most memorable days, The Summer Carnival Race Day in August when more than 9,500 race-goers came through the gates. This allowed racehorse owners, trainers and corporate guests the oppportunity to bid and enter the draw, which resulted in £3630 being raised for the STV Appeal.

Tracey Quin, sales manager at Perth Racecourse, appeared on STV to present the prize to the STV Appeal. She said: “All of our major partners such as Sodexo Prestige in Scotland were extremely generous in supporting us with top prizes that generated a huge amount of interest in the silent auction. It was a real pleasure to be able to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause in Scotland.

“It is something we will look to continue to support throughout the next season, and in particular, during our next Summer Carnival on August 13 next year.”

Elizabeth Partyka, Deputy Director of Channels at STV, said: “The reponse to the STV Appeal 2012 has been overwhelming and it is thanks to supporters such as Perth Racecourse that we have been able to raise almost £2 million so far. This fantastic sum of money will be spent making a difference in the lives of Scotland’s most vuklnerable children and there is still time to donate.”

Started in 2011 by STV and the Hunter Foundation, the STV Appeal raised almost £1.3 million in its inaugural year. All of the money raised, which is for children most in need, is spent in Scotland, and the Scottish Government has matched the total money raised.

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