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Former jockeys attend charity lunch at Sedgefield Racecourse
A GRAND National winner and a pioneer for injured jockey care were among the guests at a horseracing charity’s annual lunch today (Thursday, September 5).
More than 70 former jockeys attended the party at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham, which was organised by the Injured Jockey Fund (IJF) to thank its North-East supporters and update them on the charity’s work.
For Grand National winner Gerry Scott, who won the big race on Merryman II in 1960, the party was especially poignant, as he rode his first winner in Sedgefield back in the 1950s.
Next year, the IJF celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since its formation in 1964, it has helped more than 1,000 individuals.
Mr Scott, who suffered multiple fractures and many other injuries during his career, said the importance of the charity’s work could not be under estimated.
“It is vitally important,” he said. “Many injuries are long lasting and only set in during old age. The fund makes sure jockeys get the care and financial help they need.”
This year, the hot topic was Jack Berry House, a multi-million pound rehabilitation centre for jockeys which is due to be built in Malton in North Yorkshire later this year.
The centre will treat current and former jockeys, as well as providing facilities for other local sportsmen and women.
It is named after former jockey Jack Berry, another party guest, who is a keen supporter of the IJF and spearheaded funding for the centre.
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