“Pancreatic Action” runs in Glorious Goodwood Magnolia Cup race
We teamed up with our friends at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Corporate Banking to watch “Pancreatic Action” run in the Goodwood Magnolia Cup charity race. RBS very kindly allowed us to use their privilege as sponsors of a horse in the race to name the horse whatever we liked to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. We initially wanted to use “Pancreatic Cancer Action” but the rules are that no horse name can be longer than 18 characters, including spaces, so we chose “Pancreatic Action” instead. Fitting for Ladies Day, all the jockeys in the Magnolia Cup race were women
RBS also allowed us to jointly brand the sponsorship, so we were able to have publicity in the race brochure and in the parade ring. It was amazing to hear the commentators shouting out the name “Pancreatic Action” during the race – not something done very often!
Sadly, “Pancreatic Action” (whose real name is Bengaline) and who was ridden by Dido Harding lagged behind the others – analogous perhaps of the state of pancreatic cancer in terms of funding and awareness in comparison to other cancers!
The day was all about remembering RBS colleague, Wendy Butler who lost her fight with pancreatic cancer in February this year. It was fantastic that her husband Peter could join us as well as some of RBS’s key partners in their Women’s Markets for a very special day.
Ali Stunt gave a speech about her experience of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and how lucky she is to be still here 5 years down the line. She also discussed the lack of attention pancreatic cancer receives and how so much more is needed in terms of funding for research and symptoms awareness.
Although there wasn’t any Tote betting on the Magnolia Cup, we all had a little flutter on the other races with some of us doing better than others! All winnings were put into a kitty and donated to Pancreatic Cancer Action at the end of the day – raising over £300!
We’d like to thank RBS for giving us this wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and of PCA charity and for all our guests who donated their winnings to us.
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