The Injured Jockeys Fund was born following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, four months later, Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National, Sadly both falls resulted in severe paralysis which immediately ended both their careers. Since then The Injured Jockeys Fund (created by founding Trustee and past President John Oaksey) has helped over 1000 jockeys and their families, paying out more than £18m in charitable assistance.
The Injured Jockeys Fund helps any rider who holds, or has held, a professional or amateur licence issued by the British Horseracing Authority including apprentice, conditional and Point- to-Point riders, including any spouse, partner, child or dependant they may have.
Essentially, the IJF is there to give immediate advice and help, short or long term financial assistance, access to rehabilitation other forms of support.
There are various ways that that you can get involved with this hard-working charity, You can make a donation, show your support at an IJF event, arrange your own event with a IJF fundraising pack or perhaps you might want to consider The Injured Jockeys Fund Supporters Club.
This is a brilliant way to support all aspects of the Fund’s work whilst being part of a members’ club that offers visits to stables, studs and race-days. Club members can participate in private visits to some of the country’s leading training establishments and attend social functions with jockeys and racing personalities.
So far in 2018, the Supporters Club have visited Willie Mullins’ yard in Ireland and Oaksey House following its refurbishment and there are plenty more exciting visits to come.
Visit http://www.injuredjockeys.co.uk/supporters-club.asp for more information on how to join the IJF Supporters Club.
Finally you can of course help with the IJFs on-going fundraising by checking out their online shop http://shop.ijf.org.uk/ where you can find a range of unique Racing gifts, with the holiday season almost upon us you can get all your Christmas essentials and have that warm fuzzy feeling of helping out this worthwhile cause at the same time. From fantastic gift ideas such as their limited edition Horse Racing Monopoly to clothing, home and kitchen gifts, Christmas cards and even decorations there is lots to choose from.