About the Charity
The Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. 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 Fund has a team of Regional and Centre Liaisons who work directly with beneficiaries on a support basis and also a team of 20 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 the Fund 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. The trio was completed with the opening of Peter O’Sullevan House in Newmarket in October 2019.
It is our charitable objective to provide care and support to those in need who fall under our charitable remit. Our focus is purely on this and help and care will be provided to those in need who qualify regardless of any age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. As a specialist independent charity with a nationwide reach, we wish to remain true to our core values of ‘Compassion. Care. Support’ and choose to remain impartial to industry agendas or politics, as this is not within our charitable remit.