From the 1st June, horseracing across the country resumed behind closed doors, with only key racing staff on site to enable to the event to take place in a safe environment.
With limited catering staff and strict health and safety measures, the challenge of feeding the essential workers on site arose, from vets to stable staff, PR teams to the jockeys themselves.
As a solution, the London Region of The Jockey Club prepared thousands of individual food bags to cater for those on site, containing individually wrapped sandwiches, fruit, chocolate, crisps and water.
Catering for a variety of tastes and dietary requirements resulted in surplus food, however The Jockey Club have ensured no food goes to waste by making regular donations to Transform Housing and Support.
Throughout the month of June, 477 pieces of fruit, 451 sandwiches, 54 salad boxes and 200 fruit pots were donated after racing at Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses.
On the 4th and 5th July, The Jockey Club held two of its biggest summer events, Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse and Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown Park. Alongside essential staff, Owners were then able to safely return on course to witness their horses cross the Winning Post, consequently increasing the catering requirements during both events.
Owners were provided with bespoke individual Afternoon Teas, containing scones, cakes and sandwiches, of which surplus amounts joined the donations to Transform Housing and Support, providing welcomed treats for the residents.
The Jockey Club work with Jockey Club Catering to deliver world-class food and hospitality at 15 racecourses across the country. It is thanks to Jockey Club Catering that these donations have found their way to Transform Housing and Support.