Over £3000 given to charities from 2015 Ely Potato Race

Over £3000 given to charities from 2015 Ely Potato Race

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Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity Funding.

Isle of Ely Produce organisers of the annual Potato Race on the streets of Ely have today announced the beneficiaries of the charity proceeds from the 2015 event.

The race sees local farmers and businesses teaming up to see who can race up and down the high street the quickest whilst carrying 20kg of locally grown potatoes!

Austen Dack Event Organiser said “We were inundated with requests for help from the £3,000 pot and together with the directors of IOE and city Mayor Lis Every we sat and discussed every application in detail before deciding on the winning causes.”

IOE Potato Race Charity donations 2015 are given to

Camsar – assist Cambridgeshire Police in the search for vulnerable missing persons

East Anglian Air Ambulance – To help keep this magnificent service in the air

Little Miracles – support children with autism, learning difficulties, disabilities and life limiting conditions

Fenhouse Brain Injury Rehab Unit – patient range from 18-65 car accidents, strokes, falls, or lack of oxygen to the brain, infections, or a brain injury

Light and Life School Assemblies – In local primary schools topics can include anti-bullying, care for the community, listening carefully, doing the right thing

Fenprobe – Talking newspaper for the blind

Littleport 200th Anniversary Event Littleport Riots – this included failure of crops including the potato!

Oliver Boutwood Isle of Ely Director said “ The selected charities are from across the age ranges of our community. Hopefully the money raised from our potato race will touch many people’s hearts and deliver the required results.

The race also raised money for The Lantern, St Johns, and St Marys Primary Schools too from the children’s race and also for the Ely Hereward Rotary Club who act as race stewards.

City Mayor Lis Every said “It was a difficult choice to decide who to give the money too, but I congratulate the team at Isle of Ely Produce for giving the city such a unique fun day which also raises money for local causes too.”

The 2016 Potato race date for your diaries is Saturday October 8th. If you would like to enter a team please email austen@isleofely.co.uk.