RUTHERFORDS department store is backing retired Morpeth jockey Peter Craggs to raise thousands of pounds when he takes part in a charity race – at the age of 64.
Peter, who won the 1978 Scottish Grand National on King Con, will ride in a charity race in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at York Racecourse on Saturday, June 15.
The race-day at York is Macmillan’s single biggest fund-raising event and is now in its 43rd year, having collected a total of £5.5million for people affected by cancer.
The meeting, which last year brought in more than £300,000, features seven races, including the nine-furlong charity race.
Peter, who rode nearly 200 winners as an amateur jockey until he retired in 1999, has to raise a minimum of £2,500.
The rider, from Rothley, near Scots Gap, will hold a bucket collection in Rutherfords on Saturday, June 8, as part of his fund-raising, giving customers at the prestigious family-owned department store a chance to support Macmillan.
Rutherfords Managing Director Richard Rutherford said: “We’re delighted to support Peter, and we hope other businesses will follow suit.
“The money will all go to Macmillan Cancer Support, a vitally important charity who we do a lot of fund-raising for.
“We will have some buckets in the store where people can donate, and we hope Peter can win the race for Morpeth.”
Peter hopes to ride a horse from the racing yard of Malton trainer Brian Ellison, and is appealing to other businesses to follow Rutherfords’ generous lead.
He has good form in charity races - he dead-heated for first place at Wetherby Racecourse in February.
Peter has been preparing for his return to the saddle by riding out several mornings a week for Newcastle racehorse trainer Karen McLintock.
“I’ll be part of an eclectic bunch of 12 young and old jockeys riding on the hallowed ground of the Knavesmire with the purpose of raising money for a wonderful charity,” said Peter.
“It’s a fantastic gesture by Rutherfords to do this bucket collection, and I’m hoping to gain support from other businesses as well.
“Since 1971 this two day York June meeting has raised in the region of £5,500,000 for good causes and provided some fantastic racing excitement.
“I’m looking forward to racing again and I’m feeling in good shape, so let’s hope I can win the raise and raise a tidy sum for Macmillan.”
You can donate by simply logging on to: http://www.justgiving.com/York-Raceday-PeterCraggs or by sending a text to: 70070 quoting: YORK69