- Betfair tipster Daryl Carter visited the home of the Injured Jockeys Fund
- The fund is supported by Rachael Blackmore’s Serial Winners Fund
- Blackmore shares funds raised from her initiative equally between two charities
A Betfair tipster has visited the home of the Injured Jockeys Fund to see how Rachael Blackmore’s charity initiative is supporting their vital work.
Daryl Carter visited the facility at Oaksey House in Lambourn, Berkshire, where the charity supports the general and mental wellbeing of jockeys, as well as provide medical and financial support.
The Rachael Blackmore’s Serial Winners Fund was set up in November by the jockey and Betfair, which has set up a £250,000 goal – with funds split equally between the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Irish Injured Jockeys.
After an initial £100,000 donation, £5,000 is added the fund by Betfair every time that Blackmore rides a winner up to Grand National Day – with the total proceeds currently standing at £155,000.
Carter visited the Injured Jockeys Fund as part of their ‘Coaching Carter’ series to celebrate Blackmore’s fund edging closer to £250,000.
Rachael Blackmore’s Serial Winners Fund has reached £155,000, with £5,000 added by Betfair every time she rides a winner with the ultimate goal of raising £250,000
Betfair tipster Daryl Cater (right) visited the Injured Jockeys Fund to meet staff and residents, including Wayne Burton (left) who will take part in the London Marathon this year
He met the staff and had chats with some of the recipients of the services provided, hearing their poignant stories.
There are some residents who live there long term, including Wayne Burton, who was injured around 15 years ago and suffered a spinal cord injury – but will take part in the London Marathon in April.
Blackmore, who is an ambassador for Betfair, commented: ‘This is a very generous initiative from Betfair and one that I am excited to be a part of over the season.
‘The work of the Irish Injured Jockeys and Injured Jockeys Fund is vital in providing support services for jockeys past and present. It’s great to have Betfair supporting not only me, but two organisations that are so important to us as jockeys.
The Injured Jockeys Fund was set up in 1964 after both Tim Brookshaw and Paddy Farrell suffered falls during that year’s Grand National.
Both falls resulted in severe paralysis and ended their respective careers.
Since then it has helped thousands of jockeys and their families pay out more than £20m in charitable assistance.
Irish Injured Jockeys provides care support for the existing charities with individual cases presented by the charities to the Board of Irish Injured Jockeys and approved by the Directors before any funds are made available – ensuring the IIJ knows where the money is being spent.
After an initial £100,000 donation, £5,000 is added the fund by Betfair every time that Blackmore rides a winner up to Grand National Day
Over the last five years, Blackmore has ridden an average of 30 winners during this period; so it’s anticipated the pot could increase up to £250,000 come the Grand National.
Charlotte Booth, Chief Commercial Officer for Betfair said: ‘It’s great to see how the money raised by the ‘Serial Winners Fund’ will contribute to the amazing work the IJF are doing at their Lambourn Centre.
‘The support provided by the dedicated team is incredible, and with each winner Rachael rides the fund will continue to grow. It’s exciting for us to be part of something that is helping deliver such essential services to jockeys.’
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