© Les Hurley

It was always our intention that should Best Mate win a third Gold Cup, we would register the trade mark BEST MATE™. We have done so in order that his popularity can provide the wherewithal to produce funds for Charity.  The most satisfying of experiences surely is to be in a position to “make a difference” to the lives of people, less fortunate than ourselves. By registering trade marks for the BEST MATE™ and the team signatures of Jim Lewis, (owner) Henrietta Knight & Terry Biddlecombe, (Trainers) & Jim Culloty, (Jockey) we are in a position to help entrepreneurs promote their businesses more successfully whilst receiving royalties in return. We are seeking to license and endorse products of all shapes and sizes and we already have a good number of enterprises supporting the cause.

I have formed a company called BEST MATE™ Trading Ltd. This company is the custodian of the trade mark. Net profits of this company will be given to various Charities – these Charities will include St. Richards Hospice (Worcester) who are raising funds to build a new hospice in Worcester to provide 16 palliative care beds and I am proud to be a patron, and The Gentleman’s Night Out Charity, who raise millions of pounds for short life children and their carers. This is a unique Charity very close to my heart. They have no administration overheads – thus every penny raised is distributed directly to an individual or an organisation with total neutrality.

© Mark Johnston Photography

As announced in the media on 8th August 2004, BEST MATE™ is now a registered Trademark. Jim Lewis, the owner of BEST MATE™ has taken this decision in order to raise funds for Charity. As part of this fundraising initiative we require a team of agents in both the UK & Ireland to sell BEST MATE™ merchandise: Polo Shirts, T-Shirts, Ladies Fitted Polo Shirts, Scarves, Mugs, Baseball Caps, Golf Gift Sets & many other gift ideas for the Christmas trade.

We hope that BEST MATE™ will continue to provide entertainment for all his faithful followers, whilst at the same time provide funds for caring where it is most needed.

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