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Woman challenged to buy Ladies’ Day outfit for £40 in charity shop

With Ladies‘ Day at Bath racecourse on June 15, Cancer Research UK is challenging women to find their outfit for the big day in charity shops – rather than on the high street.

Determined to prove it can be done, the charity partner sent Tina Angell – a cancer survivor, Cancer Research UK volunteer, and nurse in the radiology department at the RUH in Bath – out to find a ‘Winning Chic’ outfit for the event on a budget of £40.

She headed to the Cancer Research UK store in Westgate Street, Bath, armed with her budget for the day – and filmed her visit, proving you don’t need to spend a fortune to get involved.

Tina managed to find a fascinator, coordinating pair of heels and a dress for just £36.

The charity volunteer said: “Not everyone can go out and spend £1,000 on an outfit but [you] can still go to Ladies’ Day looking gorgeous.”

Tina, who is a cancer survivor, began supporting the group after her own diagnosis.

She said: “I’ve been volunteering with Cancer Research UK for 10 or 11 years now. I started volunteering with them after having cancer myself when I was 24. I believe that I wouldn’t have survived my cancer if it hadn’t been for the research that they do.

“I was 24, I had a two-year-old son, [it came] completely out of the blue – and the treatment and care I received were amazing. That treatment wouldn’t have been available without the research.”

Tina Angell – a cancer survivor, Cancer Research UK volunteer, and nurse in the radiology department at the RUH in Bath – out to find a ‘Winning Chic’ outfict at the Cancer Research UK store in Westgate Street, Bath

This year, more than 6,000 racegoers will head to Lansdown for the event, drawn by the racing, fashion, music, food and the popular Style Competition, where the most stylish racegoer on the day will win a huge prize worth more than £1,500.

Cancer Research UK is the official charity partner of The Silk Series – a series of races exclusively featuring female jockeys at Ladies’ Days across the country. 

Jo Hall, executive director of Bath Racecourse, said: “Ladies’ Day is my favourite fixture of the year. I just love seeing the variety of beautiful outfits and individual style on show; I always feel proud of the effort our customers go to to ensure they look fantastic. This year, I’d love to see eye-catching outfits, which still feel timeless, and always love a statement headpiece!

“I’ll also be making sure I’m cheering on competitors in the all-female jockey race. I’ve worked in horseracing for more than 10 years and I’ve seen a notable increase in the number of female jockeys now competing alongside their male counterparts. The Silks Series is an inspiring initiative to celebrate the achievements of female jockeys whilst supporting an excellent charity.”

As part of hosting The Silk Series, Bath Racecourse and ARC will once again partner with Cancer Research UK to raise money for the charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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From the sale of each ticket sold for Bath Racecourse’s Ladies’ Day, £1 will be donated to the charity

In the last two years, more than £100,000 has been raised for CRUK across The Silks Series.

Julie Byard, director of trading at Cancer Research UK, said: “Anyone who’s enjoyed a trip to the races knows how important it is to feel and look great, whatever your style, especially on Ladies’ Day. But if you’re on a budget or you’ve never been before, shopping the right outfit needn’t be intimidating.

“Much like independent boutiques, charity shops are great places to find unique looks and special pieces. At Cancer Research UK we trade to seasons, so many of our shops will have been keeping an eye out for occasion wear ahead of the race, wedding and summer party season. This means if you let the team know what you’re looking for, they might pop into the backroom and bring out the perfect outfit. Not only will you get your look for less but there’s the added benefit of funding a good cause at the same time!”

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How to enter

Registration to enter the Ladies’ Day style competition is free for all racegoers who simply attend a special area on the day to have their picture taken, or enter in advance via Bath Racecourse’s Facebook and Instagram page.

The shortlist of 10 best outfits will then be invited to Parade Ring for the final judging panel to select the winning outfit.

Advance tickets for the event start from £13 in the Centre Course picnic enclosure and £27 for general entry tickets into the Grandstand Enclosure.

There are also a limited number of places remaining in the Vintage Afternoon Tea Hospitality package, which includes full ‘Bath Racecourse’ afternoon tea served in a vintage marquee.

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