The Injured Jockeys Fund was the brainchild of founding trustee and past past president John Oaksy and came about following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, four months later, Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National
Both falls resulted in severe paralysis which immediately ended both their careers. Since then the Fund has helped more than 1,000 jockeys and their families and has paid 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.
The Injured Jockeys Fund was the brainchild of founding trustee and past president, the late Lord John Oaksey. It came about following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, four months later, Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. Both falls resulted in severe paralysis which immediately ended both their careers.
Sir Tony McCoy, President of the IJF
Since then the fund has helped hundreds of jockeys and their families and has paid out more than £19m in charitable assistance. It also part funds on course physios and medical services and also research into improved riding protection equipment for jockeys which has resulted in a number of improved manufacturing standards being implemented.
Its first rehabilitation centre, Oaksey House was opened in Lambourn in 2009 and in April 2015 the Jack Berry House followed-a rehabilitation and fitness centre in Malton for northern based jockeys.
Jockey Andrew Thornton using IJF facilities to recover from injury.
Aims are to improve the lives of injured jockeys and their families in a prompt and sympathetic manner to those jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need .
The value of their work was highlighted by an horrific freak fall involving four horses, which left jockey Freddy Tylicki paralysed from the waist down.
The fund provides continued help and support through the purchasing items from its range of products and donations by members of the public, which help it continue vital work in providing help and care for jockeys.
Watch out for the sale of calendars, IJF Christmas cards and other items, at local racecourses in the run-up to Christmas. Purchases of these items by the racing public helps fund this vital work.
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