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Britain's Got Talent Winner Richard Jones Appearing on Easter Monday Race Day

Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Richard Jones, the winner of 2016 Britain’s Got Talent, will be helping to raise money for NSPCC Cymru at the Easter Monday Family Race Day at Chepstow.

26 year old Jones, a Lance Corporal in the Household Cavalry, is breaking off from a nationwide tour to perform his magic show to customers on Monday 17th April.

The flagship event is being organised by one of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs and investors, Alan Peterson, who is also a passionate racehorse owner and breeder.

As the new Appeals Board Chair of NSPCC Cymru, Alan has set an ambitious target of raising £3m in three years, with all the money directed into the charity’s activities in Wales.

His mission is to persuade individuals and organisations to dig deep in their pockets ‘to make all of Wales a safer place for children’.

The Chepstow fun day features seven jumps races and a wide range of free entertainment including music from Olly Murs, One Direction and Little Mix tribute bands, interactive circus workshops, Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, go-karts, bungee trampolines and bouncy castles.

Mr Peterson said: “We’re hoping people will have a wonderful day out and I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t raise at least £30,000.”

Racing has been a passion of the Peterson family for decades and Alan himself currently has four horses in training including Village Vic a winner of almost £200,000 in prize money and a regular in many of the big races at Cheltenham. His best horse was Fair Along who won 16 races and £433,000 in prize money.

Chepstow Racecourse Executive director Phil Bell said, "Race days are excellent vehicles for raising money and the profile of charities. We’re looking forward to putting on one of the biggest family events in Wales over the Easter weekend in support of a very worthy cause.”

The event starts from 12 noon. The first race is off at 2pm. A family ticket is £30 in advance.

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Annabel Hughes