Injured Jockeys Fund News
The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to announce that from April 2018, Lady Oaksey and Frankie Dettori MBE are to become Vice Patrons of the Fund, joining existing Vice Patrons Clare Balding OBE, John Francome MBE and Peter Scudamore MBE.
Lady ‘Chicky’ Oaksey has been a tireless fundraiser and supporter of the Fund for many decades, initially alongside her late husband, the IJF’s founder Lord Oaksey, and in her own right since his death in 2012. In her role as an Almoner she has helped to provide charitable support to vast numbers of jockeys and is a hugely popular face on UK racecourses in the run up to Christmas every year selling IJF cards and merchandise. She will continue with her racecourse work, as well as taking on new ambassadorial responsibilities.
Frankie Dettori, one of the world’s most recognised, talented and popular jockeys, has supported the IJF for many years. Recently he has become more involved in IJF activities and will play a key role in promoting Peter O’Sullevan House, the IJF’s third Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre, set to open within the grounds of the British Racing School site in Newmarket in 2020.
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the IJF says:
“Everyone recognises Chicky on our UK racecourses, day in day out, year in year out, in all weathers, and her work for the IJF has been invaluable. Frankie brings his own unique sense of style and fun to everything he does and we are very fortunate to have his support, particularly as the charity becomes more active in Newmarket with the construction of Peter O’Sullevan House.
As the Fund moves forwards, both will play an important ambassadorial role
as Vice Patrons of the IJF and the work we do.”
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