The Princess Royal, Patron of the Injured Jockeys Fund, will attend a 50th anniversary celebration at Aintree racecourse on Thursday 3rd April as part of The Grand National meeting.
The Injured Jockeys Fund is a charity that helps and supports jockeys who have become injured as a result of taking part in the sport.
The charity was founded in 1964 following the accidents that jockeys Tim Brookshaw and Paddy Farrell suffered in the Grand National of 1964. Since then, the Injured Jockeys Fund has spent over £17 million to help over 1,000 jockeys whose injuries, for some of them, have forced them to give up the sport.
It has now been 50 years since Paddy Farrell suffered his devastating fall in the Grand National, and to celebrate the work that the charity has done there will be a multitude of events across the country, including a variety of different racecourses doing 50th anniversary race days.
Up until her death in 2002, The Queen Mother was involved with the Fund in an unofficial capacity from 1965, and officially became its Patron in 1973. Princess Anne succeeded her grandmother as Patron of the charity in 2002.
Currently, around 400 people are being helped by the Fund, which offers injured jockeys rehabilitation, private medical insurance, and much more.
The Princess Royal will also be attending The Grand National on Saturday alongside her daughter, Zara, whose horse Monbeg Dude is going into the race as one of the favourites.
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