Injured Jockeys Fund’s second centre nears completion

  • Injured riders in North Yorkshire will soon benefit from rehabilitation care, as the Injured Jockeys Fund’s (IJF) second centre in Malton nears completion.

    The IJF said progress at Jack Berry House has “continued apace” and the building is in the final stages of being fitted out.

    “It really is a fantastic facility and we are delighted to be receiving the keys,” said Lisa Hancock of the IJF.

    The manager, Jo Russell has now moved into her home on site and two new staff have been appointed.

    Scarborough-based Danny Hague joins as full time strength and conditioning coach and Gemma Darley is the centre’s new part-time physiotherapist.

    Ms Darley comes from a racing family and has been working in a Harley Street musculoskeletal clinic.

    The project to build Jack Berry House has cost £3.1m with the money raised from a fundraising campaign and numerous supporters.

    Sheikh Joaan Al Thani gave all the prize money won by a selected group of 20 of his racehorses during the 2014 season to the project. The final amount donated was £500,000.

    The centre is the vision of IJF vice president, Jack Berry and will be officially opened by Princess Anne, patron of the IJF at the beginning of June.

    It will have a state-of-the-art hydro pool named the Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation pool.

    The large fully equipped gym is named the “Don’t Push It” gym to celebrate AP McCoy’s 2010 Grand National win.

    There are also four treatment rooms and four ensuite respite rooms with shared communal area.

    The building features 2,000 bricks donated by supporters at £50 a brick.

    The IJF opened its first rehabilitation centre, Oaksey House in Lambourn, Berkshire in 2009.

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