Princess Anne is to visit Doncaster racecourse next week for a special charity race day.

The Princess Royal will be attending the raceday, which will raise funds for Spinal Injuries Association and the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal, on Friday 22 October.

The Princess Royal officially reopened Doncaster racecourse in August 2007 prior to the first St Leger Festival following a £34m facelift of the venue.

As patron of the Spinal Injuries Association, Princess Anne will visit the parade ring before the first race at 2.15pm — the HRH The Princess Royal E.B.F Maiden Fillies’ Stakes — which is named in her honour. She will also present the trophy to the winning owner.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are looking forward to an excellent day of racing and fundraising in the presence of the Princess Royal.”

The race day is the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal’s main fundraising event of the year. Last year the charity purchased an analyser for use in the Cardio Respiratory Department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

For more information visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk