“My name is Jack Lander, when I’m older I would love to be a jump jockey, I love racing and over the last three years I have learnt how important the Injured Jockeys Fund is to all the jockeys and the sport. 

“Over the last year after doing some walking with Richard Farquhar from ‘Walking The Courses’ and my sister starting to work in racing working for Dan Skelton, I understand how important Racing Welfare is as well to everyone in the sport of racing.”

On Monday 31st July 11-year-old Jack Lander is set to complete his 161 mile walk from Newmarket to Malton.

Unlike most 11 year olds spending their school holidays playing with friends and on computer games, Jack has dedicated his first eight days of the school holiday to raising a significant sum of money for Racing Welfare and for the Injured Jockeys Fund!

He is currently walking from the ‘home of racing’ (and location of Racing Welfare head office) Newmarket to Jack Berry House in Malton, one of the IJF’s exceptional rehabilitation facilities for jockeys.

Jack Lander is set to arrive at Jack Berry House at around 12 midday on Monday where he will be greeted by jockeys and lots of people from the racing community in Malton including Jack Berry himself. The whole of Racing Welfare’s fundraising team including Chief Executive Dawn Goodfellow and Chairman Joey Newton will also be walking the last five miles with Jack.

Please consider supporting Jack with a donation to his cause – it’s a really significant achievement for someone so young and he is raising a large sum of money in the process too. His fundraising page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=JacksRWIJFWalk

WELL DONE JACK AND GOOD LUCK!

Main picture courtesy of Samantha Haine.

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc. She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine. If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse...!!)

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