Betfred put their money behind the Injured Jockey Fund (IJF) as they announce their decision to support Jack Berry’s initiative as their official 2014 charity.
The UK-bookmaker Betfred has announced plans to support the tireless fundraiser Jack Berry by choosing his IJF as their official charity of choice for 2014.
Betfred owner Fred Done called Jack Berry a ‘legend’ and told the Associated Press that he hoped to help Berry ‘reach his goal of building this fantastic facility in the north of England.’
The facility that Done was referring to is ‘Jack Berry House.’ The second rehabilitation center for injured jockeys due to be built in Malton, North Yorkshire.
Berry, the vice-president of the IJF, hopes that the new £3m facility will provide much needed treatment and welfare for the jockeys of the North, 5-years after opening up his first facility, to take care of jockeys in the South, after Oaksey House in Lambourn Berkshire was opened in 2009 by the HRH Princess Royal.
The Ryedale District Council approved planning permission for the new site in March 2013. The land was purchased from the Fitzwilliam Trust and the cost of the project is expected to reach £3m, and take 10-months to build.
Betfred plan to hold a raceway for the Jack Berry House and many other fund raising activities and events throughout the year.
‘I’m delighted Betfred have picked us as their official charity and I would personally like to thank Fred Done. His support and that of the whole Betfred team means a lot.” Said Berry.
Punters can also get in on the philanthropy by purchasing a brick that can be personalized before being used as part of the construction. Each brick costs £50 and the cutoff date for purchase is the 30th April.