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Horsforth sheep racing raises funds for Martin House Hospice
3:13pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Local news
They weren’t exactly the fastest things on four legs – but model sheep still managed to pull in the crowds when they raced for charity.
The ‘animals’ raised £900 for Martin House Hospice and Chameleon, a charity supporting education in Africa, at Horsforth Golf Club.
The event was organised by Aireborough Nomads, a satellite group of the Rotary Club of Aireborough. Winners were rewarded with a jar of mint sauce.
Robert Mirfield, from Aireborough Rotary, said: “The fact that the sheep herders for each of the six races were drawn from the audience by ballot added to the tension leading, as the evening wore on, to an increasing number of ‘knowledgeable’ coaches advising the contestants on the best technique to bring their charges first to the finishing line.”
Mr Mirfield thanked the Rotary Club of Bradford Bronte for the loan of the sheep, adding: “Gratefully received contributions were made to the charity total by main sponsor Standard Wool of Bradford and a variety of heat sponsors – Horsforth Golf Club, Rodley Nature Reserve, Barry Bootland, Marshall Wooldridge, Walker Computer Services and Matt Hawker Dentist.”
At the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting, the speaker was David Alred who gave an illustrated talk about the Washburn Valley showing how the area had developed over many years to the present time.