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Ben Fund Bonanza returns to Leicester
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Ben Fund Bonanza 2015
Wednesday 17th December 2014
by SRBF Press Office
The seventh staging of the Ben Fund Bonanza in aid of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund will be at Swindon's Abbey Stadium on Sunday March 8th, at 4pm.
The format of the meeting has yet to be decided but as always it is a new venue for what is now the traditional season-starter in the UK.

Paul Ackroyd, Secretary and Treasurer of the SRBF, feels that it will be another excellent location for the event. "I'd like to thank the Swindon Promotion for allowing us to stage the event, a very important part of our fundraising of course.

"We've still to decide the format of the meeting at Swindon but that will be announced early in the new year."

Swindon of course have a new promoting partnership of Colin Pratt and Alun Rossiter, both with a huge amount of experience and both fully supportive of the SRBF.

Colin commented on what will be his first meeting as Swindon co-promoter, "I'll be meeting up with Paul in the midlands somewhere to discuss the arrangements, we provide the stage for the event.

"I'm looking forward to it, I'll get back in the swing of it. We never did a Ben Fund meeting in my time at Coventry but we did do more big meetings than most tracks.

"Obviously the Ben Fund is a great cause. I benefited from it after my accident in Belgium with the West Ham party, indeed I have found all the letters and correspondence going back to 1970, all the records of what was paid out, and these are records that I don't think the Ben Fund have.

"It's a great thing and that's why I get annoyed any time riders don't want to go out for the collection, I'll shove them out because you never know when it is your turn. I fully support it.

His Swindon partner Alun Rossiter of course was involved at Leicester last year as GB team manager as his new charges took on the Rest of the World.
He said "I'm really chuffed that it's coming to Swindon. It's a good venue, it's pretty central, and hopefully people have that feeling where they are hungry for a bit of speedway at the start of the year."

"I'm hoping for a good lineup, I don't know yet what the format will be. Whatever it is I'll go with the flow."

Paul Ackroyd has revealed some of the headline figures for the Ben Fund in 2014 which emphasise the continuing need for everyone's support. Last year's Ben Fund Bonanza staging at Leicester raised £45,000, track collections were slightly down on previous seasons at £22,354 with Berwick again highest-collecting track. Money spent on assisting 40 riders and ex-riders totalled £99,110.

Julie Reading will again be looking after sponsorship arrangements for the Ben Fund Bonanza and she can be contacted on 07931 318401.
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