Injured Jockeys Fund receives £100,000 donation from Betfair

  • The Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) has received a donation of £100,000 from online betting exchange company Betfair.

    Betfair last week agreed to continue to support the Betfair Wing at Oaksey House, a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys in Lambourn.

    And the company also gave the charity £100,000 towards the IJF’s future plans to build a similar facility in the north of the country.

    “The physiotherapy, rehabilitation, medical consultation and gym facilities available in the Betfair Wing at Oaksey House have proved so successful that it has quickly been recognised by current and retired jockeys as the most effective source of specialist treatment for racing injuries,” said Lisa Hancock, IJF chief executive.

    “Both current and ex-jockeys requiring treatment, including a number of paraplegic beneficiaries, undergo regular sessions of individually designed programs to aid recovery, improve fitness, mobility and strength. Already some amazing results have been achieved.

    “Betfair’s contribution to this future project will play a vital role in establishing a second IJF rehabilitation and injury treatment centre of excellence for those based in this part of the country.”

    Betfair’s Martin Cruddace said: “We have been proud to support the IJF for three years and to have seen this best of class facility come to life for the benefit of the entire racing community. It is important that Oaksey House continues to flourish and we hope to see a northern equivalent soon.”

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