Isle of Ely Produce searches for charities and local groups to share £2,500 potato race cash pot

Race organiser Austen Dack, Mayor of Ely Councillor Ian Lindsay and Oliver Boutwood of Isle of Ely P

Race organiser Austen Dack, Mayor of Ely Councillor Ian Lindsay and Oliver Boutwood of Isle of Ely Produce - Credit: Archant

Isle of Ely Produce is searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £2,500 which was raised at its annual potato race.

Held in Ely’s High Street in October, the company have joined forces with Mayor of Ely Councillor Ian Lindsay to help give it away.

Hundreds lined Ely High Street for the race to cheer on the teams as they sprinted the half-a-mile course - each carrying a 20kg bag of Fenland-grown spuds.

Mayor of Ely Councillor Ian Lindsay said: “I was honoured to be the official starter for the Ely Potato Race and saw first hand what a great race it has become.

“To raise over £2,500 for local charities and groups is the icing on the cake. I urge you all to come forward no matter how small.”

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Oliver Boutwood, of organisers Isle of Ely Produce, said: “It was a fantastic race and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year.

“To raise more than £2,500 for charity was fantastic, and now we are looking for 10 local charities and groups to help spend it.”

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The event was put on by Isle of Ely Produce to celebrate the region’s potato growers and the harvest festival.

The Hereward Rotary Club of Ely, who marshalled the streets, have been awarded £200 of the cash pot. The same amount went to the Littleport Lions.

To be in with a chance of receiving a share of the money, email explaining why your charity or community group should receive a share of the cash.

Each successful group or charity will receive £250.

The closing date for nominations is January 31 2017. The nominations will be considered by Mayor of Ely Cllr Ian Lindsay, and the directors of Isle of Ely Produce.

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