Racing Welfare is The Jockey Club’s Charity, providing help for those in need who work, or have worked, in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.
The Charity is there in times of need for stable lads and lasses, stud staff and the army of people behind the scenes who truly make your day at the races.
It gives professional guidance and support to the unseen army of dedicated staff whose work is vital for the well-being of our sport.
This support makes a positive difference to people’s lives by empowering them to overcome any difficulties they face.
The Sport of Racing is exciting and fun, and whilst the thrills and spills are part of the package, the potential for accidents and life changing injuries are a real threat. Falls for Jockeys are visible to all racegoers; however there is an unseen army of people who face these same dangers every day far away from the public eye.
These are the people whose names and faces racegoers probably won’t recognise. People like Workrider Jane McGill who whilst riding fast work on Epsom Downs in August this year suffered a fall that left her back broken and unable to ride ever again. People like Barney Bamford, an assistant trainer whose career and young family were rocked to the core by the paralyzing fall he sustained on the training grounds. People like the yardman Martin Gear whose skull and nose were shattered courtesy of a yearling’s kick in April last year, leaving him to carry bolts and plates for life that hold his skull together.
There is only one Charity for people like John, Jane, Barney, Martin and the rest of the 17,000 British stable and stud staff. Racing Welfare helps to fund re-training for our injured stable staff; we provide welfare and social support to those living with their paralysis and life in a wheelchair or serious disability. Racing Welfare funds mobility aids and adaptions to properties. We help re-build lives.
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