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Generous Ascot racegoers donate more than £19,000 to military charities

A day supporting the Armed Forces and their welfare charities raised £19,561 at Ascot racecourse last week.

Sixty personnel volunteers from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force manned exits at Royal Ascot's unofficial Armed Forces Day and collected donations.

The total is an increase of £3,000 on the previous year and demonstrates just how highly our armed forces are regarded.

RAF and RAFBF at AscotCpl Carl Richardson, left, and SAC Ross O'Rourke with RAF Benevolent Fund rep Rebekah Sharrock

For the third year running, Royal Ascot also offered serving personnel and their families a special ticket concession as well as a dedicated Armed Forces bar.

The day served as an excellent warm-up to Armed Forces Week, this week, culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Wing Commander Paul Hewson, RAF Benevolent Fund Regional Director South, said: "The Friday of Royal Ascot was another spectacular day, on the cusp of Armed Forces week.

"The RAF Benevolent Fund, alongside its sister charities was delighted to be involved in another exit collection, which once again revealed the genuine goodwill that the race going public has for the military services and provided very generous donations for the three service charities.

"It was a real privilege and pleasure to be involved on the day, which provided tangible feelings of pride and respect for the Services on a truly 'feel good' patriotic occasion. The RAF Benevolent Fund is extremely grateful to the Trustees of Royal Ascot for their on-going support and is absolutely delighted with outcome of the 2015 collection – thank you."

The donations were divided between the Fund as well as the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity and the ABF Soldier's Charity.

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