Posted on Monday 10 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Barclay Communications

Anne-Marie McKinty, Jonjo Bright's Sister, Averil and Glenn Knipe, Winners of the Raffle, John Bright, Jonjo s father  and Barclay Communications  jockey Emily-Jane Cloke

On Friday 31st of May Barclay Communications raised over seven thousand pounds for the Jonjo Bright Trust at the tenth annual Barclay Communications' Race Evening.

The Jonjo Bright Trust was set up when 19 year old aspiring amateur jockey, Jonjo Bright was left paralysed after a point-to-point fall on the 2nd March 2013.

To support the Trust the local business mobile, landline, IT, app and web design company organised charity collections, a raffle and auction at their biggest event of the year, which was held at Down Royal Racecourse.

Britt Megahey, Managing Director of Barclay Communications explains why supporting the Trust was so important to them, "We were all shocked when we heard what happened to local jockey Jonjo Bright, as keen horse enthusiasts ourselves we were strongly drawn to the Trust and everything we raised will go towards helping Jonjo live the most independent life possible."

Attended by over 3,500 race goers and influential Northern Ireland business people the Jonjo Bright Trust was a cause close to the heart of everyone who attended the Barclay Communications' Race Evening, from general race goers to jockeys and owners.

Barclays' private suite also played host to 500 top guests including Dennisons Commercials, Bryson House, Tughans, Value Cabs, O2 and Nokia, to name a few.

Laying on the VIP treatment, Barclay Communications pampered their guests with dinner, Champagne, massages, a caricaturist, live music, as well as a top racing spectacle.

The suite also raffled off a table of ten for Down Royal's September race evening, which was drawn by Jonjo's father, John Bright.

Raffle winner, Avril Knipe then kindly donated the prize for auction, which went for £2,700 to the successful highest bidder Richard Watson, bringing the total amount raised at the event to £7,262.18.

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