The Key4Life Charity Raceday at Wincanton Racecourse saw the charity celebrate its 5th anniversary and mark 150 years of racing at Wincanton Racecourse. The thrilling raceday raised in excess of £90,000 in aid of Key4Life, a Somerset-based charity that is seeing extraordinary results rehabilitating young offenders and those at risk of going to prison, in London and across the South West.


“We are delighted with the incredible support from our supporters, all our sponsors and the racing community at the charity raceday and the incredible sum of money raised. This money will go towards our vital new programme at HMP Guys Marsh, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, rehabilitating and transforming the lives of young men pre and post-release.” said Eva Hamilton MBE, CEO and Founder Key4Life,


Seven gallant riders closely associated with the world of horseracing, took part in a one-mile two-furlong Key4Life Charity Race, kicking off the racing at Wincanton Racecourse last Sunday.

Amy Derham was the clear winner of the highly competitive Key4Life Charity Race, sponsored by Hunt’s Foodservice. Amy Derham crossed the finish line first, Gerry Supple, came in second, closely followed by Harry Whittington, a close third. Beating her brother Harry, alongside other riders and assistant trainers from across the South West is an extraordinary achievement for Amy as this was her first professional race. Key4Life participants Anthon and Jack were busy preparing the horse Amy rode, Volpone Jelois, last week at Paul Nicholl’s yard as part of their work placement.


“We are so grateful to the riders of our charity race - Harry Derham, Amy Derham, Rosie Fry, Gerry Supple, Anthony Honeyball, Melissa Townshend and Harry Whittington who collectively raised over £11,000” said Eva Hamilton MBE, CEO and Founder Key4Life.


Eva added, “We are also hugely grateful to our event and race sponsors for the Key4Life Charity Raceday – BT, Willis Towers Watson, Scotch Corner Designer Village, Hauser & Wirth Universal Music UK, Boden and Hunt’s Foodservice. With the public’s generous support Key4Life can now take the charity to the next level, as we start this groundbreaking programme at HMP Guys Marsh, Dorset.”


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