Burnham Copse donkey derby is a big success

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HUNDREDS of people turned up to a Tadley primary school last Sunday to watch a special event.

Burnham Copse Primary School, in Newchurch Road, hosted its third donkey derby racing event in glorious sunshine.

Around 300 people attended the donkey derby which involved youngsters from the school taking part in seven donkey races on seven donkeys.

Burnham Copse administration officer Fay Stanley said the event had been a big success.

She said: “It was a really good day. We had wonderful weather and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“The pupils really enjoyed getting to ride the donkeys, and their parents enjoyed being able to place a bet on the races.”

She said that the attendance had risen since last year and added that it also attracts Tadley residents without connections to the school, who come along to enjoy the atmosphere and unusual competition.

The derby was set up three years ago by former headteacher Lyn Downes, and is organised by the school’s parent teacher association, The Aviary Group.

Mrs Stanley said: “The event is a lot of fun and it also raises money which goes back into the school.”

Although the money is still being counted, the bets alone raised £200.

Last year the event raised £1,700.

The event was supported by the Loddon Valley Lions and Tadley Community Responders.

The main sponsor was Lee Dental Care.

The money raised will be used to fund outdoor learning environments at the school.

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