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John Francome to take role as Injured Jockeys Fund president

John Francome is to take over as the new president of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

The former champion National Hunt jockey, turned author and presenter said he was “honoured and delighted” with the appointment.

He will succeed IJF founder Lord Oaksey, who died last month, in the role.

Lord Oaksey founded the charity in 1964 to assist injured jockeys and their families. More than 1,000 people have been helped since.

“John is not just a famous name,” said Brough Scott, chairman of the IJF added.

“I’ve always been struck by how often he’s done things for other jockeys in ways that usually go unreported. I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is becoming President and I know Lord Oaksey would too. John is still worshipped by current jockeys and connects us to the future”.

John added: “I am very honoured to take on this role especially following in the footsteps of John Oaksey. I hope I can do it justice and carry on the great and essential work the Fund does. Although unlike the indomitable Lord Oaksey, I shan’t be standing out in the cold selling Christmas cards!”

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