The League of Friends of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton has raised almost £1,000 from the final race of the season at Taunton Racecourse.

The course generously dedicated one of the seven races of the evening to the League and allowed the charity to collect donations on the night.

And by the end of the evening volunteers from the League had collected an amazing total of £948.

League of Friends President Clinton Rogers, who was one of the collectors, said today: “The generosity on the night was truly humbling.  So many people coming forward to say what great work the hospital does and being happy to dig deep into their pockets.

“A special thank you to the on course bookmakers who as one were happy to contribute to the pot.”

Peter Renshaw, as Chairman of the League of Friends, presented the trophy to the winner of the race dedicated to the charity.

Afterwards he said: “I would like to say a special thank you to the race course who always support the work we do and were kind enough to dedicate a race to us this evening.”

Musgrove Park Hospital League of Friends is run entirely by volunteers and relies totally on public donations or legacies, which are extremely important to the charity.

In the past three years it has raised £2.5 million for the hospital.  This year it spent £1.5 million on the first robotic surgery console at the hospital, which is having a huge impact on surgical procedures.

Details of how to donate to the League of Friends or help out as a volunteer – perhaps in the League’s shop within the hospital – can be found here.