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Injured former jockey and trainer Chris Kinane to walk for IJF

Injured former jockey and trainer Chris Kinane is to walk in public for the first time at Fontwell racecourse next week, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Chris was kicked in the head by a racehorse in the parade ring at Wolverhampton in April 2005.

He will attempt to complete a full circuit of the parade ring on 24 October, to raise money for a hydrotherapy pool at Jack Berry House, the IJF’s rehabilitation centre in Yorkshire, which is due to open in 2014/15

“I relish the challenge of the walk and look forward to kick starting the fundraising for a hydrotherapy pool at Jack Berry House because my weekly sessions in the pool at Fontwell have had a very positive impact on my rehabilitation.

“Fontwell is my local track and I have lots of happy memories there.”

Brough Scott, chairman of the IJF added: “To anyone who knew about Chris’s accident, the idea of him being around at Fontwell in a few weeks time would have been as unlikely as him walking on water.

“Supporting him to walk across the paddock will go towards the new hydrotherapy pool at the IJF’s new flagship, Jack Berry House, an entirely appropriate focus for his quite incredible effort.”

Chris can be sponsored at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RedKinane

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (18 October 2012)

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