Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

In Pictures: Barclay Communications’ Race Evening raises thousands

Emma Douglas, Jennifer McKenna, Mary Harmon and Elaine Douglas.
Emma Douglas, Jennifer McKenna, Mary Harmon and Elaine Douglas at the tenth annual Barclay Communications’ Race Evening

Barclay Communications raised over seven thousand pounds for the Jonjo Bright Trust at the tenth annual Barclay Communications’ Race Evening.

The Jonjo Bright Trust was set up when 19 year old aspiring amateur jockey, Jonjo Bright was left paralysed after a point-to-point fall on the 2 March 2013.

To support the Trust the local business organised charity collections, a raffle and auction at their biggest event of the year, which was held at Down Royal Racecourse.

Britt Megahey, Managing Director of Barclay Communications explains why supporting the Trust was so important to them, “We were all shocked when we heard what happened to local jockey Jonjo Bright, as keen horse enthusiasts ourselves we were strongly drawn to the Trust and everything we raised will go towards helping Jonjo live the most independent life possible.”

Attended by over 3,500 race goers and influential Northern Ireland business people the Jonjo Bright Trust was a cause close to the heart of everyone who attended the Barclay Communications’ Race Evening, from general race goers to jockeys and owners.

Laying on the VIP treatment, Barclay Communications pampered their guests with dinner, Champagne, massages, a caricaturist, live music, as well as a top racing spectacle.

The suite also raffled off a table of ten for Down Royal’s September race evening, which was drawn by Jonjo’s father, John Bright.

Raffle winner, Avril Knipe then kindly donated the prize for auction, which went for £2,700 to the successful highest bidder Richard Watson, bringing the total amount raised at the event to £7,262.18.