• Wed. Dec 6th, 2023

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A charity golf day hosted by Sir AP McCoy OBE at Rockliffe Hall on Monday 29th April, raised £4620 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Alan Shearer CBE, Sean Quinlan and Andrew Thornton were among some of the golfers taking part in the event, which was won with an impressive 103 points by Graeme Preston, Ryan Thompson, Phil Martin and Malcolm Walker from the Brian Ellison Racing Club in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Jack Berry MBE, Vice President of the Injured Jockeys Fund, also attended the event and a number of former jockeys who have benefited from the charity took part.

The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, a few months later, Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. Both falls resulted in severe paralysis which immediately ended their careers. The Injured Jockeys Fund has since spent over £18 million in helping over one thousand jockeys whose injuries have forced them to give up riding – providing care, compassion and financial help. It has three rehab centres including one in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Twenty teams of four competed with Gary Welford and Alan Midgley winning Nearest the Pin, Alain Cawley winning Longest Drive and only seven players beating the Pro.

Guests enjoyed a 2 course dinner in the evening and a raffle took place to raise additional funds for the Injured Jockeys fund, with prizes including an overnight stay with dinner, spa treatments and a round of golf, Spa Days and Afternoon Teas at Rockliffe Hall, plus a 1/12th share in a horse from Hambleton Racing.

Eamonn Elliott, Chief Executive at Rockliffe Hall, says: “The Injured Jockeys Fund Golf Day was a huge success. The sun shone for us and everyone had a fantastic day while raising much needed funds for a very worthy cause. It was a pleasure to host this important event with so many big names taking part.”