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Ascot heave raises pounds 4,000.

STAFF from the Tote and Ascot racecourse have raised more than pounds 4,000 for charity following a back-breaking lorry pull at Ascot on July 15.

Anchored by Tote chief executive John Heaton, the team of 59 strong men and women, armed only with a tub of elbow grease and a pair of gloves each, took the strain against the 40-ton truck, which transports the 40x40 metre Tote Vision screen, and then hauled it 75 yards into position opposite the Ascot stands.

Tote chairman Peter Jones said: "Well done to all those who pulled together for this worthy event-especially colleagues who made the long trip down from Wigan.

"The amount raised stands at pounds 4,100, which will be divided between the NSPCC and Ascot- supported charities. However, the final total will be higher, as money continues to roll in."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2000
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