In order to provide help for those in need who work, or have worked, in the British racing and Thoroughbred breeding industries The Jockey Club created it's own charity called "Racing Welfare".
Racing Welfare offers professional guidance and support through a nationwide network of regional welfare officers to the unseen army of dedicated staff whose work is vital for the well-being of Britain’s second biggest sport
How does Racing Welfare help?
Racing Welfare’s support for racing’s people in need includes:
- The provision of 150 quality homes for the elderly and those entering racing – making it the largest housing provider in racing
- An award-winning 24/7 helpline manned by welfare officers
- Life skills programmes for young people entering the industry
- Holidays and outings for the elderly
- Mobility aids and accessibility adaptations to properties for the elderly
- Sports and activity funding
- Assistance, retraining and counseling for those injured or disabled
Racing Welfare’s 24/7 helpline number is 0800 6300443.
What does it cost?
Each year, Racing Welfare needs to raise £1.5 million to continue its work.
Administrative and promotional costs are currently 13 percent of income, which means that 87p of every £1 donated to Racing Welfare goes straight towards helping racing’s people. Last year, the charity experienced a 34 percent increase in demand for its services at the same time as donations reduced.
Please visit www.racingwelfare.co.uk to find out how you can help or for more information.