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Royal Ascot honours military personnel and charities for Armed Forces Day

For the fifth year running military personnel once again joined racegoers for Royal Ascot's unofficial Armed Forces Day.

Military stewards at Royal AscotMilitary stewards at Royal Ascot. (Photo copyright: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise)

In addition to special ticket offers for military personnel, up to 100 volunteers from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force collected donations on behalf of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

In the previous four years Ascot racegoers have generously donated more than £80,000 to the three charities. The charities support military personnel, past and present, and their families in their times of need with a wide range of practical, emotional, and financial support.

Brigadier (Ret'd) Peter Walker OBE, Berkshire County Chairman ABF The Soldiers' Charity said on behalf of the three charities: "We are so grateful to the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse and all the racegoers who have been so generous and welcoming today.

Royal Ascot hatsBrooke Harrison-Davies, Charlotte Barmby and Fiona Ferguson from the RAF Benevolent Fund wore RAF-themed hats by Angela Bruce Hats for Royal Ascot's Armed Forces Day. (Photo copyright: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise)

"Our charities help the entire military family, from our oldest Second World War veterans to those serving at home and abroad today, and we simply couldn't do that without the overwhelming support from the public, as we saw once again today."

Ashley Morton-Hunte, Corporate & Racing Communications Manager at Ascot, said: "We are delighted to be able to continue to support our invaluable military at Royal Ascot as a mark of respect for the huge sacrifices they make for us all."

Wing Commander Paul Hewson, Regional Director at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: "The Friday of Royal Ascot has once again been a spectacular day, marking the end of another terrific Armed Forces week.

"It was great to see the genuine warmth and goodwill that the race going public has for the Armed Forces and we are extremely grateful to them for the very generous donations made to the three service charities."

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