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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.

15 September 2020

Student volunteer helps The Racehorse Sanctuary during summer holidays

Annabel, 14, from Bedford Modern School wanted a charity project for this summer, but opportunities during the coronavirus crisis were limited.  Prompted by her Milton Keynes neighbour David, who is a Patron of The Racehorse Sanctuary, Annabel volunteered to make a film of the charity’s operations in West Sussex, using her drone mounted camera.  Filming this way is one of Annabel’s hobbies and she had already videoed other smaller projects, proving it is possible to continue while following social distancing restrictions.

Annabel persuaded her father to fly her to Mulsey Farm one Saturday by helicopter to film the Sanctuary’s horses.  Annabel had never been close to horses before, but this didn’t show. 

David Ray, Patron of the Racehorse Sanctuary, said: “Annabel has done a fantastic job to capture the idiosyncratic character of The Stables at Mulsey Farm, incorporating the Passmore Yard and the Peter O’Sullevan High Dependency Unit. All this while highlighting the health and vitality of the Sanctuary’s older residents, exemplified by 29-year old Hong Kong Champion Mr Vitality himself. 

“Can you spot in the film his Hong Kong Racing Club tattoo as Mr Vi is led out in the yard?  And yes, that is him cavorting in the paddock with his chums – a credit to the dedicated commitment of Graham Oldfield, Sue Collins and their team to the welfare of the former racehorses in their care.

“Talk about the technical wizardry of youngsters these days: before filming Annabel investigated producing quieter rotor blades for her drone on her 3D printer, so as not to disturb the horses as much, but worried that might sacrifice the stability of flight needed for filming!”

Annabel edited the material she had filmed to produce the three-minute promotional video – all her own work on a computer she had built for herself. The promotional video is now being used by the charity to showcase their facilities, raise awareness and funds for their activity rehoming racehorses. The Trustees of the charity have written to Annabel’s headmaster to express their appreciation of her efforts on behalf of the charity.

Find out more about the Racehorse Sanctuary here.

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