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Racing Welfare - COVID19

Funding type
One-off grant
Funding stream
Racing & Breeding

Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horseracing. It offers professional guidance and practical help to all of racing’s people, including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic and resulting nationwide "lockdown", Racing Welfare saw an increase in people asking for financial advice and support. A dedicated programme of hardship grants - funded by the John Pearce Foundation and administered by Racing Welfare - was set up, including:

  • Hardship grants to help families and individuals cover immediate basic needs such as food, electricity and heating;
  • Return to School grants for school uniforms and other necessary materials;
  • Self Isolation grants for anyone whose ability to work has been affected as a result of being advised to self-isolate; and
  • Family Festive grants to assist with expenses over the festive period which brings additional financial pressure to families.

In addition, funds were redirected to support the creation of special Christmas parcels for retired racing staff who might feel isolated or experience loneliness over the festive period.