The Injured Jockeys Fund was the brainchild of founding Trustee and past President John Oaksey and came about following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, four months later, 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 Injured Jockeys Fund helps any rider who holds, or has held, a Professional or Amateur licence issued by the British Horseracing Authority including Apprentice, Conditional and Point-to-Point riders, including any spouse, partner, child or dependant they may have.
The Fund has a team of eight Almoners who liaise directly with beneficiaries on a support basis and also a team of 30 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 it opened its first fitness and rehabilitation centre, Oaksey House, in Lambourn and in 2015 opened its second, Jack Berry House, in Malton for northern based jockeys. A third, Peter O’Sullevan House, will open in Newmarket in 2019.