Isle of Ely Produce are now searching for charities and local groups from the Ely area to share their £3,000 potato race cash pot!
Isle of Ely Produce is searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £3,000 which was raised at its annual potato race.
Held in Ely’s High Street in October, the company have joined forces with Mayor of Ely Councillor Richard Hobbs to help give it away.
Hundreds lined Ely High Street for the race to cheer on the teams as they sprinted the half-a-mile course – each carrying a 20kg bag of Fenland-grown spuds. Over 7000 from all over the world tuned into Spotted in Ely’s live facebook feed too!
Mayor of Ely Councillor Richard Hobbs said: “I was honoured to be the official starter for the Ely Potato Race (which I shared with MP Lucy Frazer) and saw first hand what a great race it has become.
“To raise over £3,000 for local charities and groups is the icing on the cake. I urge you all to come forward no matter how small.”
Oliver Boutwood, of organisers Isle of Ely Produce, said: “It was a fantastic race and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year.
“To raise more than £3,000 for charity was fantastic, and now we are looking for 10 local charities and groups to help spend it.”
The event was put on by Isle of Ely Produce to celebrate the region’s potato growers and the harvest festival. It also gives £500 to local schools who compete in their own children’s race on the day.
To be in with a chance of receiving a share of the money, email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why your charity or community group should receive a share of the cash.
Austen Dack race event organiser says “We hope to make a difference to 10 local projects it can be a crucial piece of equipment, or to help pay for essential maintenance.”
Each successful group or charity will receive £300.
The event is the only potato street race in the world!
The closing date for nominations is January 31 2018. The nominations will be considered by Mayor of Ely Cllr Richard Hobbs, and the directors of Isle of Ely Produce.