When jockey Paddy Farrell suffered a career-ending fall in the 1964 Grand National, there was so little available to help riders in his predicament

that a small group of leading jump racing people – including the great jockey Fred Winter and journalist /amateur rider John Lawrence, later Lord Oaksey – set up a fund to help Farrell and former champion Tim Brookshaw, who had broken his back four months earlier.

From that impromptu beginning grew The Injured Jockeys Fund which has since helped over a thousand beneficiaries and spent millions of pounds enhancing the lives of stricken jockeys and their families.

To mark the 50th anniversary year a programme of events and activities will take place throughout 2014. These include:

  • Injured Jockeys Fund Race Days on all of the UK’s racecourses*
  • Official celebrations at the Aintree Grand National meeting in April* attended by the IJF Patron, HRH The Princess Royal
  • Official dinner and Golf Day at Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Royal Berkshire Golf Course in June 2014
  • IJF as the official charity of Barbury Castle Horse Trials in July 2014
  • IJF as the official charity of Olympia in December 2014
  • Commemorative book – The Injured Jockeys Fund: Celebrating fifty years 1964–2014 by Sean Magee
  • Special DVD
  • IJF Merchandise
  • The opening of Jack Berry House, the IJF’s second respite and rehabilitation centre, in the autumn of 2014
  • IJF as the beneficiary of the Cheltenham Festival Charity Race in 2015
  • A £5 Text donation campaign across all events and activities – Text IJF to 70800

* See Calendar of events http://www.injuredjockeys.co.uk/events-50.asp
* It was at the Grand National meeting in 1964, exactly 50 years earlier that Paddy Farrell suffered his life changing fall

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund says: “To celebrate 50 years we wanted to do something that both raises awareness of the Injured Jockeys Fund and that people can join in with across the country.

“The support we have received from the racing community and beyond has been simply overwhelming and we look forward to a year of celebration and activity that will provide further help to injured jockeys and their families.

For further information, please see www.ijf.org.uk 

Pictured: IJF Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, courtesy of Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse.

Allison Graham

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