NewstrAid announces first event to be part of its 185th Anniversary celebrations

NewstrAid has announced that its annual race day at Lingfield Park will form part of its 185th anniversary activity during 2024.

CEO Neil Jagger said: “Although we host a race day each year to help raise money and awareness for the charity, as this is our 185th anniversary year, we are planning to make the event the best yet and have already secured table bookings and donations from many newstrade businesses keen to support us during our special birthday year.”

The afternoon of horse racing will take place on Thursday 23rd May and includes a 3-course lunch, a serviced bar throughout and free parking for guests. Businesses or individuals interested in taking part should contact for more information.

This fundraising event is one of several activities planned to mark the 185th anniversary of the charity which was originally founded in 1839 to support street newspaper vendors in Victorian London.

Neil Jagger added; “Although NewstrAid has adapted over the years to support an ever-changing industry, the root of our work remains the same: to provide assistance to anyone from the trade facing hardship.  We hope very much that as many people as possible from the trade can join us for events like our horse racing day and help us to celebrate this impressive achievement.”

Other anniversary events planned by the charity include a UK wide scavenger hunt and an Anniversary Raffle. Full details will be announced during the year via social media, NewstrAid newsletters and the NewstrAid website.

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About NewstrAid 

NewstrAid is a charity which aims to provide welfare for people who are, or have been, employed in the selling and distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK and who find themselves in hardship. This includes their immediate family and dependants who are in need or in distress. The charity has been in existence since 1839 and counts Charles Dickens amongst its past presidents. 2024 marks NewstrAid’s 185th anniversary and in 2023 the charity was named ‘Charity of the Year’ at the ACO Awards.