Local racing hero Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton is raising money for the A&E team who patched him up so many times during his career as a jockey, at Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity’s Walk for Wards on Sunday 2ndOctober.

The much loved local hero was known for his determination to win, but he famously endured a large number of falls and injuries during his time as one of the UK’s leading National Hunt Jockeys.

Now he wants to give something back to the local hospital’s A&E team for everything they did to keep him racing.

Choc Thornton:  

“When I heard about Walk for Wards I really wanted to get behind it and support the Gloucestershire Hospitals.  It’s amazing to be able to support the ward of your choice and to know exactly where your fundraising will help.  

I'll be walking for Cheltenham A&E because they have been fantastic to me on so many occasions.

I just want to say ‘thank you’. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone taking part on the day and joining them to support our local hospitals!”

Choc, who triumphed in over 1,000 races, will walk with hospital staff, patients and supporters to the finishing post at Cirencester Park, the estate of the Hospitals Charity’s Patron Lord Bathurst.  

Many people taking part in the walk have a personal reason for supporting their local hospitals, walking to say thank you for the care that they or family members have received.

Every walker can decide which ward or area of the hospitals will directly benefit from their support, and can choose to walk 3km or a full 10km challenge. 

The family friendly shorter route will give supporters of all abilities the chance to join in, with children taking part free of charge, and dogs are also welcome on all routes.

Walkers will be greeted by local musicians from The Metz Big Band, who will perform on arrival and at the end of the walk, with every participant receiving a free medal and refreshments.

People who would like to join Choc in supporting their hospitals at Walk for Wards on Sunday 2nd October are asked to register in advance at or contact  0300 4226738. The walk is free to enter, with participants asked to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship.


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