The Injured Jockeys Fund
Compassion. Care. Support
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 Injured Jockeys Fund 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.
A jump jockey has on average 215 rides per year. After deductions that puts the average before tax gross income at £26,500 per year.
A flat jockey has on average 300 rides a year. After deductions that puts the average before tax gross income at £27,100 per year
To improve the lives of injured jockeys and their families
To provide appropriate support, in a prompt and sympathetic manner to those jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need
The Fund has a team of eight Almoners who liaise directly with beneficiaries on a support basis and also a team of 30 volunteer visitors who keep in touch with old and isolated beneficiaries offering friendship and company.
The IJF also works closely with racing authorities and other organisations on many initiatives such as funding on course physios and medical services and research into improved riding protection equipment for jockeys.
In 2009 it opened its first Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, Oaksey House, in Lambourn and in 2015 opened its second, Jack Berry House, in Malton for northern based jockeys. A third, Peter O’Sullevan House, opened in Newmarket in October 2019.