Mark Beesley lost his wife, Caroline, in the Hospice in November 2013. Their mutual love of horse racing inspired Mark to hold his fourth equine event in her memory at Towcester Racecourse and after several years of successful fundraising, December's race has surpassed all expectations with an amazing £10,000 raised for the Hospice.
Mark is pictured here with friends and supporters, handing over the fundraising cheque to Hospice Community & Corporate Fundraiser, Louise Danielczuk.
Attended by around 60 people, including BBC Radio Northampton News Editor, Laura Cook, the Caroline Beesley Memorial Handicap Hurdle was sponsored by Totepool. The race winner was Ultimate Dream, ridden to victory by jockey Killian Moore whose silks were predominantly red which was Caroline's favourite colour, according to Mark.
Reflecting on this race and his previous events at Towcester, Mark said: "It still hasn’t quite sunk in. I’m not sure I realise what we have done, what has been started, as apparently we’re going to do it again next year. Or at least we’ll try. Fundraising didn’t start until 2015 when £3,000 was raised for this truly commendable cause and everyone said ‘well done’. I shudder to think what they’ll say now!
"Actually, the money is a bonus. The main reason for doing this is to remember my wife in an environment that was special and stage a reunion for many of her friends, family and former work colleagues. Also, to celebrate Christmas, a spectacular and inspiring time in Caroline’s world."
Photography courtesy of David Yanez, Yan Photography