Amidst the frocks and finery of Royal Ascot racegoers today were Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen and Airwomen resplendent in full dress uniform, as the racecourse welcomed military stewards in support of three Armed Forces welfare charities.

For four years running, the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse have marked out the Friday of Royal Ascot as an unofficial Armed Forces Day.  In addition to special ticket offers for military personnel, eighty volunteers from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, and Royal Air Force served as stewards for the day and collected donations on behalf of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 

The charities support military personnel, past and present, and their families in their times of need with a wide range of practical, emotional, and financial support.  They rely upon public donations to fund their efforts and Ascot racegoers have donated over £70,000 in the past three years. 

Brigadier Peter Walker OBE, Chairman of Berkshire ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said on behalf of the three charities: “We are so grateful to the Trustees of Ascot Racecourse and all the racegoers who have been so generous and welcoming today.  Our charities help the entire military family, from our oldest Second World War Veterans to those serving at home and abroad today, and we simply couldn’t do that without the overwhelming support from the public, as we saw once again today.”