The fifth SSAFA Chepstow Raceday held on 20th November met ‘all expectations and more,’ according to organiser Julian Nettlefold of BATTLESPACE.
The fundraising raceday, which this year raised a fantastic £27,612, is now a key part of the defence industry’s annual calendar.
The format of the Raceday expanded this year with the exciting addition of a briefing ‘From Force Development to Capability Development within Joint Forces Command,’ from Brigadier Robin Anderton-Brown Head of Capability Special Projects, Joint Forces Command during a business breakfast before racing. The brief brought the audience up to date with the latest developments and requirements from DE&S at Abbey Wood. Guests gave a resounding thumbs up to this addition to their day. After the brief each sponsor of the six races gave a talk about their company and its activities.
Steve O’Leary OBE was magnificent in his handling of the raffle and auction, and the fantastic sum was raised for the charity thanks to the kind donations from sponsors and attendees. This gives a cumulative total of over £92,000 since the event began in 2014 with the first Angela Nettlefold memorial race.
Race sponsors this year were, Viasat UK Ltd., Spectra Group (UK) Ltd., Fujitsu, Jankel Group, TVS Supply Chain Solutions (TVS) and BATTLESPACE Publications.
In addition, table sponsors were from Allan Webb Ltd, Briggs Equipment Ltd, Exensor Technology and a table hosted by Alan Burge and his guests.