Injured Jockeys Fund News
The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to announce that from January 2019, George Baker, Ed Chamberlin and Chloe Fairley are to become Trustees. They start their roles at a really important time with Peter O’Sullevan House, the IJF’s third rehabilitation and respite centre set to open in the autumn of 2019.
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the IJF says:
“We are thrilled that George, Ed and Chloe will be joining us as Trustees in 2019. The role of Trustee at the IJF is incredibly important as they help to provide the wisdom and guidance to ensure that the Charity remains true to its original Charitable Objective of providing support and assistance to jockeys in need. We have a natural rotation of Trustees and they are carefully chosen to bring with them particular skills and expertise as the Charity continues to increase in its activity in all areas.”
George Baker rode over 1300 winners and was at the top of his game winning the 2016 St Leger. He then suffered a serious head injury in a fall at St Moritz in February 2017 resulting in a lengthy period of rehabilitation. George has recently started a new career as agent to jockeys William Buick and James Doyle. He says:
“The Injured Jockeys Fund was a massive help to me when I was recovering from my injury, so I was delighted to be asked to be a Trustee. I’m looking forward to working with them and doing what I can to help.”
Ed Chamberlin is a sports broadcaster and the lead presenter for ITV Racing, having previously worked for Sky Sports as the host of Super Sunday and Monday Night Football. In 2009, Chamberlin fought a battle with stomach cancer. He says:
"There isn't a day goes by when I don't think back to my illness and remind myself just how fortunate I am. I am therefore honoured to become an IJF Trustee and hope I can be of help in assisting those who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.”
Chloe Fairley is a barrister specialising in Regulatory and Criminal law with an emphasis on defence work. Daughter of John Fairley, himself a Trustee for many years and instrumental in the acquisition of land for Jack Berry House, Chloe says:
“Racing has been part of my life for as long as I can remember and I have always had immense admiration for the work of the IJF. It was a privilege to be asked to become a Trustee and I hope that my experience in the work place will be beneficial following in the footsteps of my father!”
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, which opened in 2009, and Jack Berry House in Malton which opened in 2015. Peter O’Sullevan House, currently being built within the grounds of the British Racing School in Newmarket, will open in 2019. www.ijf.org.uk
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