Jack Berry MBE - Vice President of the Injured Jockeys Fund and tireless IJF fundraiser is now dedicating his time raising funds to build "Jack Berry House"- the IJF's second rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys to be located in the Malton area.
Jack's original vision some 15 years ago was for a retirement home for injured jockeys. Oaksey House in Lambourn became the culmination of this dream and more. Oaksey House is not only a home for retired jockeys but also provides physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatment, medical consultations and a fully equipped gym to help aid and speed recovery.
Since being officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2009, many jockeys, current, retired and disabled, have benefited enormously from the specialist treatment facilities available.
Planning permission is granted
Planning permission was granted by Ryedale District Council in March 2013 for the Injured Jockeys Fund’s second rehabilitation centre, ‘Jack Berry House’, to be built at Malton in North Yorkshire.
Permission was granted for "the erection of a rehab centre for injured jockeys including respite accommodation, a fitness centre, amenity areas, car parking, landscaping and erection of a three bedroom site managers dwelling with an attached garage." The land was purchased from the Fitzwilliam Trust and the project is set to cost in the region of £3m.
Illingworth & Gregory the Huddersfield based building contractor was appointed as principal contractor for Jack Berry House and took possession of the Malton site on the 13 January 2014. The full professional team is made up of Architects – Townscape, Quantity Survey – Derrick Kershaw, Project Manager – LHL Group, M&E Contractor – Silcock Leedham and Structural Engineer – Maltech.
The project has a projected 10 month timescale with a completion date at the end of October 2014. Early works on ground levelling have already begun with initial foundations due to be installed in late February.
All fundraising enquires should be directed to Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01638 662246
Jack Berry, Vice President of the Injured Jockeys Fund: “I’ve always wanted better facilities for jockeys. What has happened with Oaksey House has been so exciting and revealing and for this to now be happening in Malton is a dream come true for me.”
Brough Scott, Chairman of the Injured Jockeys Fund: “The great thing about Oaksey House in Lambourn was that both the local and the wider community got behind it. I am confident the same thing can happen with Jack Berry House as we now embark on a coordinated fundraising drive.”
John Fairley, the Malton based Trustee of the Injured Jockeys Fund: “We’ve worked on this in Malton for some time and it’s tremendously exciting that northern jockeys will now have a unique facility to help them recover from and prevent injuries.”
Jockey Graham Lee: “I know myself how much awareness of fitness has changed in the last 10 years and Jack Berry House will hugely help Northern jockeys with their fitness, recovery and rehab. We can’t wait for it to open.”