This year the Royal Ascot races saw Prince Harry making his first appearance at Royal Ascot in the carriage procession; it also saw the Royal Ascot racing make its first live appearance at the Inn on the Lake…
On Thursday 19th June the Inn on the Lake held a ‘Royal Ascot Ladies Race Day’ in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance. Ladies travelled from Durham, Brampton, Keswick and various other parts of Cumbria to take their seats in the “Royal Enclosure” for a live television transmission of one of the most popular events of the summer’s social calendar.
The sun was shining and everyone looked absolutely fabulous. The entertainment was out of this world, with bird shows from Silverband Falconry and hat demonstrations from Sara Gadd Millinary, along with a superb 3 course Royal Ascot lunch, served in the stunning AA 2 Rosette Lake View Restaurant.
The day raised a total of £1,803 for the Great North Air Ambulance; from a percentage on ticket sales, raffle tickets and donations for fun money, which was available to place bets on the races with the chance to win fabulous prizes. The prizes were generously donated by Caterite, Eskdale Railways, Ullswater Steamers, Jennings Brewery, Richard Hayworth, Gilchrist & Soames, Neve Fleetwood, Pioneer, Out of Eden, Laura in the Lakes and many more…
One lady from Cockermouth commented, “Just to say thank you for a lovely day out, for us it was part of my mums 90th birthday celebrations – she thoroughly enjoyed a lovely day all round. Hope you raised a substantial amount for the air ambulance”
Beverley Kelso (Reservations Manager for Lake District Hotels Ltd) has a strong connection to the Great North Air Ambulance after her youngest daughter; Alex was flown to Preston hospital following an accident on the side of Ullswater in December 2012.
Beverley said, “The Great North Air Ambulance mean everything to us, the time they saved flying Alex to hospital saved her life. Alex underwent chest and head surgery, she amazed everyone; the doctors called her a “Christmas Miracle”.
I’d like to personally thank Lake District Hotels for allowing this wonderful event to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, we all had a fantastic day, including Alex. It was so good we should do it all over again next year”.