The new High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Richard Clowes, has declared that he is aiming to use his time in office to help raise funds for charity.
One of Mr Clowes’ first jobs, after been sworn into the role last month, has been to begin organising the High Sheriff’s Charity Race Night.
High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff’s tenure falls on the public purse, but Mr Clowes said one of his aims is to raise money for a number of noteworthy local charities during his time in office.
The race night will be held at the Leicester Racecourse in Oadby on Monday, May 19.
Mr Clowes, who will be launching fundraising efforts by taking part in a sponsored cycle ride at Nevill Holt on May 3, said he is delighted with the support given to the event so far.
Mr Clowes, who is from Illston on the Hill, added:”The High Sheriffs are taking over the pavilion adjacent the paddock at the racecourse and possibly a number of boxes.
“Tables of ten have just been released for sale, and we will also be selling individual tickets to the event and we expect it to be not only a great fundraising occasion but also a superb networking opportunity for business people throughout both counties.”
The event will be jointly hosted by both the High Sheriff of Leicestershire and the High Sheriff of Rutland, Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble.
Mr Clowes spent eight years in the Coldstream Guards and has been a property consultant in the area for over 25 years. He has nominated a number of local charities to fundraise for.