IJF 60th Anniversary

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This April marked the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Injured Jockeys Fund. 

Pictured above is John Lawrence (Lord Oaksey) founding member of the IJF, recovering from a ruptured spleen following a fall in a race.

When jockey Paddy Farrell suffered a career-ending fall in the 1964 Grand National, there was so little available to help riders in his predicament that a small group of leading NH people – including the great jockey Fred Winter and journalist/amateur rider John Lawrence, later Lord Oaksey – set up a fund to help Farrell and former champion Tim Brookshaw, who had broken his back four months earlier.

From that impromptu beginning grew an organisation which has helped over a thousand beneficiaries and spent millions of pounds enhancing the lives of stricken jockeys and their families. Narrated by IJF Vice Patron Clare Balding, the video below charters the founding and evolution of the IJF to the specialist charity we see today. 

Please click the link to watch the video on our YouTube Channel.

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IJF 60th Anniversary

This April marked the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Injured Jockeys Fund.  Pictured above is John Lawrence (Lord Oaksey) founding member of the

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