Media Release: Saints and Sinners Racenight at Ayr Racecourse boosts Scottish charities


SCOTTISH charities received a shot in the arm from last year’s busiest-ever Saints and Sinners Racenight at Ayr Racecourse.

Over 10,000 attended the night last June which mixed racing with a performance from Alexandra Burke after the last race.

Almost £34,000 was raised for charity and will be distributed among the many charities the Saints and Sinners committee support.

Ayr Racecourse finance director, David Brown, handed over a cheque to Fred Macaulay from the Saints and Sinners Committee and former Miss Scotland, Aisling Pearson, before the recent Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce dinner at the racecourse.

Philip Martin, racing convenor for Saints and Sinners, commented: “This fantastic contribution reflects Ayr’s hard work and terrific support from racegoers. Saints and Sinners looks forward to working with Ayr’s management to continue to grow the meeting and expand the amount we raise for over 120 small Scottish charities each year.”

Saints and Sinners Racenight was moved to Ayr from Hamilton in 2008 after 42 years at the Lanarkshire track and is now Ayr’s third busiest fixture of the season.

David Brown commented: “Saints and Sinners Racenight has grown year on year since relocating at Ayr – we are delighted that the public support the event in such large numbers and that this results in an increase in what the individual charities receive.”

Saints and Sinners Racenight 2011 will be held on Friday 17 June.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are founder members of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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