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New Rehabilitation Centre For Jockeys To Open In Malton


6:55am 12th September 2014
(Updated 6:57am 12th September 2014)

The Injured Jockeys Fund has announced that The Reuben Foundation has offered to make an ongoing contribution for five years for Jack Berry House, its second respite and rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys,that will be set to open in the Spring of 2015 at Malton in North Yorkshire.

The news was announced at this year’s Leger Legend’s Lunch on the first day of the Ladbrokes’ St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse following discussions between The Reuben Foundation and Injured Jockeys Fund earlier in the year.

The Hydroworx 500 Therapy Pool, to be known as “The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool”, will play a key part of the training and rehabilitation programme at Jack Berry House with features such as an underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems. The pool is specially manufactured in Pennsylvania, has been built to spec for Jack Berry House, transported across the Atlantic and is currently in Southampton docks.  Interestingly, the initial design for the therapy pool came from a horse treadmill.

Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of The Injured Jockeys Fund says “We are thrilled that The Reuben Foundation has offered such a generous contribution for Jack Berry House.  At Oaksey House, equipment such as the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill has shown the importance of world class training and recovery equipment, and The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool at Jack Berry House will be a flagship component in helping with fitness and aiding recovery for anyone who uses it. We set out to achieve over £3million in fundraising and are almost - but not quite – there, so all donations are still very welcome!”

The Reubens say “We set up the Reuben Foundation in 2002 in order to support health and education in the UK and around the world. Given our close connection with British Racing we are thrilled to be able to announce the Reuben Foundation’s support for Jack Berry House. We look forward to the new state-of-the-art Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool being of enormous benefit to all who are beneficiaries of the facilities at Jack Berry House.

Injured Jockey Micky Fenton adds “I broke my neck in a fall last September and had to travel from Malton to Oaksey House in Lambourn for help with my recovery.  Having Jack Berry House in this part of the country will make such a massive difference in the north and I shall be one of the first in The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool, which will be of huge benefit to so many of our injuries

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