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Record crowds at Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day

Three ladies flaunt some extravagant looking head-wear at the Cheltenham Festival. Credit: PA

A new record crowd has been set for the second day of The Festival (since the meeting went to four days in 2005).

57,681, attended Ladies Day at Cheltenham today according to Cheltenham Festival organisers.

Last year's attendance came to 57,093, up 1,734 from the 55,359 in 2015.

Zara Phillips and Princess Anne enjoy the racing from the royal enclosure. Credit: PA

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Bereaved mother receives award from Prime Minister for charity efforts

A Cheltenham mother who walked around the British coastline in memory of her daughter has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Natalia Spencer trekked more than 6,000 miles - and raised more than £100,000 for Bristol Children's Hospital - after her five-year-old Elizabeth died of septic shock.

She has now been awarded the Point of Light award, recognising outstanding volunteers, and those who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

It was a massive surprise for me to find out that l have been awarded with the Points of Light award.

I feel very humbled and honoured that the Elizabeth's Footprint fundraising effort is recognised by the Prime Minister and by such a prestigious organisation as Points of Light.

– Natalia Spencer
Natalia undertook the challenge in memory of her daughter Elizabeth. Credit: Natalia Spencer

She also received as a personal letter from Theresa May.

Your inspirational challenge of walking the entire coastline of Britain has raised vital funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and is a wonderful tribute to the life of your daughter, Elizabeth.

– Theresa May
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