The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then 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 over 1000 jockeys and their families and has paid out more than £18m in charitable assistance.
The IJF 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 IJF has two Rehabilitation and Fitness Centres, Oaksey House in Lambourn, and Jack Berry House in Malton. Peter O’Sullevan House, currently being built within the grounds of the British Racing School in Newmarket, will open in the autumn of 2019. www.ijf.org.uk
After Bob Champion and Aldaniti won the 1981 Grand National, ‘racing's greatest fairy-tale’ led to the foundation of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust in 1983. The Trust raises funds to support their cancer research programmes taking place within The Bob Champion Research and Education Building at the University of East Anglia and at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, where The Bob Champion Cancer Research Laboratory forms part of the first male dedicated cancer research facility in Europe. It is within these facilities that their prostate cancer research projects are taking place and with the incidence of this disease on the increase their work is vital. Every year in the UK 47,000 men are told they have prostate cancer.www.bobchampion.org.uk