A recent Leighton sponsored charity Race Day has been branded as a huge success by organisers as the fundraising from the day has topped £16,000.

The Sunderland AFC Foundation of Light‘s Charity Race Day, held in aid of the Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, was a special football-themed event held on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League Season last week at the Newcastle Racecourse.

Held in the Gosforth Park Suite and featuring a three course lunch, a full race card and a charity auction and raffle, the event also included a live broadcast of BBC’s Total Sport programme with predictions for the North East’s football clubs for the upcoming season from their experts and former players John Anderson and Gary Bennett.

Leighton were delighted to host colleagues from one of their latest clients Home Group at the event. The North East based house builders and social housing supplier have recently engaged Leighton as a strategic partner to oversee their digital assets and mobile developments. Colleagues from both companies were asked to present awards to the race winners in front of hundreds of race goers.

Of Leighton’s sponsorship Phillip King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “This was the most popular Race Day we have ever hosted and we raised £16,000 for two very worthwhile causes. It was also a great opportunity to bring together businesses from across the North East to put rivalries to one side ahead of the kick-off of the Premier League. We have worked with Leighton for a number of years, so for them to support this event was perfect for us. We are very grateful for them agreeing to become sponsors, and hopefully they will have benefitted from the exposure to a room full of businesses.”.

On behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Lady Elsie Robson said: “We had a marvellous afternoon at the Races.  I think everyone did, although I didn’t win much money. We’re very grateful to everyone who supported the event and to the Foundation of Light for their hard work in organising it and splitting the money between the two charities.”