SUPPORT group We Are Knutsford is seeking snail racing fans for an evening of online fun aimed at raising £10,000.

The online race night takes place on Saturday, May 30, from 7pm to 9pm, and is supporting the Knutsford2you ‘Pay What You Want’ food shop and people in financial crisis across Knutsford due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Claire Sawyer from We Are Knutsford: “We are asking for a minimum donation of £20 for a team ticket, and we have also added a £10 ticket option for smaller families.

“Barclays Bank has promised to match whatever we earn, up to the value of £10,000, for this fundraiser, so please be generous.

“Our host for the evening is Colin Banks, who will be live on our on our specially-built website, and will walk everyone through the event step by step.

“We will have eight animated snail races with eight snails in each.

“Each team picks which snail they think will win and submits it on the website we send them.

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“Then we all watch the race together, cheer on our snails and teams that pick the winning snails get points. At the end of the night we hopefully will have a winning team.

“After all our races we will be announcing the winners of the Penelope Pitstop Plate for the team with the highest score and the Muttley Wooden Spoon for the team with the lowest score.

“We will also be holding tie breakers for the top and bottom prizes throughout the evening with a few trivia questions thrown on.

“Shortly before the event we will send you a URL and password to a web page, and there is no limit to the number of teams that can participate.

“It should be a really fun evening. All funds raised are going support to the people in this town with food and other exciting support we are planning this summer, with a particular focus on supporting our families.

“If you can’t join please consider buying a ticket and or donating via the website so we can double your money.”

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Mark Jones from the Rotary Club of Knutsford, the main sponsors of the event said: “Knutsford Rotary are delighted to be able to assist with all the work the Knutsford2you team are doing to support the individuals and families in our community who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the full impact of the virus on peoples' finances and employment starts to unfold I am sure we will all be glad of any ongoing support Knutsford2you can provide, and would ask us all to do what we can to support them in their work.”

The evening is also being sponsored by Speedy Freight, Tatton Brewery and Sheldons Dairy.