Plans for a respite and rehabilitation centre in Malton for injured jockeys have taken another step forward.
Huddersfield-based building contractors, Illingworth and Gregory Ltd, a family firm, has been appointed to build the fund’s northern centre near Malton and Norton Rugby Club.
And some £2 million has now been ring-fenced specifically for the project with Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF), stating they were confident that the remaining £1 million required can be found through fund-raising rather than dipping into the fund’s reserves which will be crucial in financing the on-going running costs.
The development of Jack Berry House, the Injured Jockeys Fund’s northern respite and rehabilitation centre, is set to open in autumn 2014 – the 50th anniversary of the IJF being set up.
Site compound work was due to begin this month and earth works in the new year.
James Illingworth, construction director, said: “We are delighted to be appointed principal contractor for the delivery of the Jack Berry House scheme for the IJF.
“We very much look forward to working with the IJF and the project team in delivering this state of the art designed facility and realising the dreams of Jack Berry.”
Lisa Hancock, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the appointment of Illingworth and Gregory Ltd as principal contractor for the build of Jack Berry House.
“I am hoping that people will want to be involved in this fantastic northern centre for our jockeys and that further donations will be forth- coming.”
Jack Berry, vice president of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said: “As everyone knows this is a dream come true for me and, if allowed, I would gladly build Jack Berry House myself.
“It is very fitting that we start work almost 50 years exactly to the day that my friend Tim Brookshaw had his terrible fall which resulted in the IJF being set up a few months later in 1964.”
The single story state-of-the-art-building, will include a gym, hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms and respite accommodation.
The Injured Jockeys Fund has spent more than £17m in helping 1,000 jockeys since it was founded in 1964.