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Jemma Kidd backs charity at races

Jemma Kidd combined her love of horses with the chance to raise awareness about cancers affecting women during a day at the races.

About 30,000 visitors descended on Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire for its third annual Ladies Day and Party in the Paddock.

Attending the event for the first time as its ambassador, the 35-year-old scoured the glamorous outfits among the crowds to find the most stylish woman as a judge for the Fashion In The Field competition.

She also represented the Eve Appeal for gynaecological cancers at the event, raising awareness and money for its research work into diseases such as ovarian cancer.

Jemma, elder sister of supermodel Jodie Kidd, said: "I'm from such a horsey, equestrian family so anything to do with horses always makes me want to get involved.

"I have such a love and passion for it. Also when they asked me to be ambassador they said they would like to work with one of my charities. I just thought the combination was perfect - there are 30,000 people here and it really raises awareness for the Eve Appeal."

She described the atmosphere surrounded by chic women enjoying the "buzz" of the races.

"When the races are going on everyone is going mad and screaming - it comes alive," she said.

She said her seven month-old twins Mae and Darcy have not yet been on a horse but she plans to buy a foal which will be ready for them to ride in a few years' time.

"They're surrounded by horses," she added. "We go down every day and feed them and they come and watch me ride."

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