West Berkshire Mencap’s raceday Friday 3rd March (Newbury Racecourse)

THE last few tables are still up for grabs at West Berkshire Mencap’s annual Charity Race Day at Newbury Racecourse on Friday, March 3.

The event is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year and helps raise much-needed funds for people with learning disabilities.

Organisers are urging local individuals, organisations and businesses to secure the remaining tables with the promise of a full day of racing plus a three-course lunch and afternoon tea.

The day includes a Champagne reception and a gourmet three-course lunch and wine. There is also the chance to bid for experiences in a silent auction.

West Berkshire Mencap chief executive Leila Ferguson said: “You don’t have to love horseracing to have a fantastic day with us.

“We can accept bookings of one to 10 people and all money raised will be used to support services for children and adults with learning disabilities.

“More than 250 places have already been snapped up and the event is supported by more than 20 local and national businesses.

“Simply by attending or donating a prize to our raffle, you will be helping to raise money for children and adults with learning disabilities in your local area.”

Contact the charity on (01635) 41464 or email info@wbmencap.org to book or if you would like to supply an auction prize.

Leading “free from” chocolate manufacturer Moo Free launches Easter egg range for 2017


  • Three varieties for 2017 – Original, Orange and Bunnycomb
  • No price increase on 2016 (£4.25) but each egg now includes 20g of chocolate buttons
  • Available from supermarkets, larger retailers and independent high street stores

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It wasn’t long ago that people with a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance had to go without chocolate eggs at Easter.

All that has changed now and there are delicious dairy-free and gluten-free alternatives widely available.

The market leader Moo Free has unveiled its line-up of Easter eggs for 2017 and there are three varieties available: Original, Orange and Bunnycomb all made with its award-winning chocolate.

All three Easter eggs have the same RRP as last year (£4.25), but the Easter Bunny has now delivered another 20g of chocolate buttons. They now all weigh 120g (up from 100g in 2016) without a price increase.

They will be available via supermarkets, larger retailers, independent high-street stores, and online retailers including http://www.dairyfreechocolates.com.

Mike Jessop, who founded Moo Free in 2010, along with his wife Andrea, said: “Moo Free replaces cows’ milk with rice milk to create a delicious, milk chocolate taste that doesn’t require a single cow.”

The chocolate from which the eggs and the buttons are made is a multi-award winning recipe, having most recently won the award for ‘Best Vegan Chocolate’ at the VegFest Awards, 2016. This accolade was voted for by the public.

Even better still, its award-winning dairy free chocolates are also free from gluten, wheat, lactose, soya and casein, completely vegetarian and vegan, and certified organic.

“Because we care about you and the environment, all our dairy free chocolates are made using organic and ethically sourced ingredients wrapped up in fun, environmentally-friendly packaging. Moo Free’s Easter eggs, unlike those of their rivals, deliver great taste and even better value,” added Mike.

Take a look at Moo Free’s website to find out more – http://www.moofreechocolates.com.


West Berkshire Crematorium raises £3,349 for Daisy’s Dream


Daisy’s Dream, a local charity that helps children who have been bereaved, has received a donation of £3,349 from West Berkshire Crematorium.

The crematorium, located just outside Thatcham, donated £3.071.52 from their recycled metals scheme plus a further £277.86 raised at the retiring collection at the Memorial Carol Service held in December.

West Berkshire Crematorium technician and chapel attendant, Mickey Maudsley, said: “When we get the opportunity to raise money, we always try to choose smaller, local charities that benefit the local community. We decided to support Daisy’s Dream who offer an important service to children across the whole of Berkshire that have been bereaved.”

Brandon Herselman, manager and registrar at the crematorium added: “It has been a pleasure to have supported Daisy’s Dream which helps families at such a difficult time. Demand for the charity’s services is increasing, so we’re delighted to announce that we have chosen Daisy’s Dream again as our charity for the year.”

Daisy’s Dream fundraiser Gemma Gittins, said: “We are so grateful to staff at the crematorium, plus everyone who donated. This fantastic sum will enable us to offer our professional support services to children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement.

“We hope to use this donation to offer one-to-one support as well as a number of therapeutic group events which give children the chance to meet with others facing similar circumstances.”