MBNA has helped Claire House Children’s Hospice raise £2,090 through a bucket collection at Chester Racecourse, thanks to its sponsorship of the MBNA Chester Vase race on Ladies Day on Thursday, May 7.
Sixteen MBNA employees from four departments teamed up with Claire House fundraisers to collect donations from generous race-goers at the annual Chester Races spectacular.
Thousands of spectators braved the changeable weather at the Roodee course, witnessing jockey Ryan Moore romp home to victory by one-and-three-quarter lengths in the annual MBNA Chester Vase on his mount, Hans Holbein, trained by Aiden O’Brien.
Ruth Fleming, operations manager at MBNA, said: “It was a great afternoon, volunteering with colleagues across different areas, working together to collect money for such a good cause.
“The atmosphere the May meet and the MBNA Chester Vase race generates is always electric, and we were glad to be able to contribute to the atmosphere while helping such a deserving local charity.”
Mark Pearson, Claire House’s senior event fundraiser, said: “Our gratitude goes to MBNA for choosing to support us – as a charity we are wholly reliant on donations to run the hospice, and we couldn’t do it without companies like MBNA lending a helping hand.”
Claire House Children’s Hospice in Bebington is one of MBNA’s adopted charities and offers care, advice and support to families whose children won't live to be adults. Eighty percent of the cost of caring for terminally ill children at the hospice comes from donations.