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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

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Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

05 November 2019

Spinal Injuries Association welcome new sponsorship at Cheltenham

Andy Stewart, the leading racehorse owner, has generously sponsored a Listed handicap hurdle at The November Meeting in mid-November at Cheltenham in support of the Spinal Injuries Association.

The Listed Handicap Hurdle also commemorates the superstar hurdler and record-breaker Big Buck’s. The race recognises the important work of the Spinal Injuries Association.

One of Andy Stewart’s sons, Paul, suffered a severe spinal injury in a snowboarding accident in December 2008, and was paralysed from the waist down. He was told initially by doctors that he would never walk again, but he proved them wrong and even went on to compete in triathlons.

Explaining his decision to sponsor once again at Cheltenham, Andy Stewart said: “My younger son Paul is disabled and I am very involved with the Spinal Injuries Association. The Spinal Injuries Association helped him enormously and he is able to get around and drive a car – he will be coming to Cheltenham on the Saturday of The November Meeting. I thought it would be a good idea to link up the Spinal Injuries Association with Big Buck’s.

“When Big Buck’s won his 18th race in succession at Newbury in 2012, Simon Crisford came up to me and said he had Sheikh Mohammed on the phone to offer his congratulations – that is the kind of horse Big Buck’s is. I also remember being with Andrew Lloyd-Webber and a boy came over wanting an autograph – we thought he wanted Andrew’s but he said ‘No, I want Mr Big Buck’s!’ and handed his pen to me! Any prize money my horses earn over the three days of The November Meeting will go to the Spinal Injuries Association.”

Nik Hartley OBE, Chief Executive of Spinal Injuries Association, added: “We are most grateful to Andy Stewart and his family for supporting the 50,000 people who live with spinal cord injury in the UK.

“Our involvement in The November Meeting at Cheltenham will help us to support more people like Paul Stewart, so they have the best chance to rebuild their life after injury and achieve their full potential. We are only touching the surface of what is needed.”

The November Meeting runs from Friday, 15 November to Sunday, 17 November inclusive. Find out more about the Spinal Injuries Association here.

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