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The Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase at Cheltenham

The three-mile handicap chase on the Tuesday and opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, will be named The Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase. (credit:Will Palmer)

The three-mile handicap chase on the Tuesday and opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, will be named The Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase.

Andy Stewart and his family have stepped forward to sponsor the race with Spinal Research being the UK's leading charity funding medical research around the world to help those who have suffered paralysis caused by a broken back or neck.

Andy’s son, Paul, has suffered a spinal injury in the past and the father said: "For obvious reasons this is a cause close to my heart. Following the success we had last year using a high profile sponsorship to increase awareness of Spinal Research and highlight the great work that it does for victims of spinal injuries.

"I'm delighted that we are again supporting a televised race on The Festival's opening day. Many people involved in racing have experienced spinal accidents and we are committed to continue the quest to help, understand and to seek a cure."

Meanwhile Jonathan Miall, Chief Executive of Spinal Research, added: "We are enormously grateful to Andy Stewart and his family for their continuing support for Spinal Research. This has enabled us to raise our profile significantly and open up new avenues for fund raising."


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