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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.

28 February 2020

500 Mile Charity Walk stop off at Beverley Racecourse

A pair of charity walkers tackling 500 miles around the county with two horses had a welcome stop at Beverley Racecourse last month.
Setting off on Boxing Day, Sarah and Nicky from Autism Angels and the I Choose Life Foundation walked with therapy horses Akua-Blue and Riley in order to raise awareness and funds for Autism, Mental Health and the Power of Nature, with a fundraising target of £5,000. They arrived at Beverley on day 19 of their walk, having left from Nidderdale’s Summerbridge, and lodged in the racecourse’s racehorse and stable staff accommodation overnight.

The charity is based in beautiful countryside near Harrogate and they own a number of therapy horses, which are used to help those living with autism and their families. Spending time with horses is widely recognised as being beneficial to mental health. As the charity’s site explains: ‘Horses are reactionary animals and have a range of emotions that create powerful and honest immediate feedback. Working with this model enables individuals, families and professionals to gain new insights into how they communicate, empower and connect with themselves and the wider world around them. When we couple this with our coaching approach, we create a very powerful platform to illicit change and empower you to lead your best life yet.’

The horses were also unphased by arriving in the middle of a storm, their human partners acknowledging: “This is possibly the worst time of the year to do a walk like this but we have chosen to do so because it is also such a powerful time of the year. January/ February is when most people feel alone, depressed, and the rates of domestic abuse rises and the amount of children being taken into care peaks significantly. Parents who have children with additional needs make up a high part of those statistics. We hope to raise money so that those who are most affected can get quick and life changing support from the team at Autism Angels.”

Kate McKee, Marketing Manager at Beverley Racecourse said: “The therapeutic effect of horses has long been known by those of us lucky enough to spend time around them, so an event like this is utterly fantastic in helping to raise wider awareness as well as funds. If just one new person is reached, then it will be a fantastic win. We’re delighted to have been able to help in a small way, it’s quite different to our main CSR strand this year of combatting loneliness too, so great to be able to widen the net of good we can do.”

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