Berkshire

Lambourn injured jockey centre to help other riders

Mick Fitzgerald
Image caption Mick Fitzgerald is one of the jockeys who has been treated at the centre

A centre which helps injured jockeys hopes to extend its remit to event, polo, showjumping and dressage riders.

Oaksey House in Lambourn currently gives free treatment for up to 10 injured jockeys and its subsidised gym has 150 members.

The centre is currently turning away requests for help from other injured riders due to funding restrictions.

The jockeys' treatments are paid for by the Injured Jockeys Fund.

To qualify jockeys must have ridden on a racecourse, but they can be amateur or professional riders.

A planning application has been submitted for the centre's change of use to extend its remit to other riders, and will be considered by West Berkshire Council in August.

'Broken legs'

Jackie Porter, manager of Oaksey House, said: "We get a lot of head injuries and breakages.

"Last year we had six jockeys with broken legs."

Oaksey House offers a mixture of residential accommodation and drop in rehabilitation services.

The centre contains a gym, physiotherapy rooms, a sauna and special baths as well as dedicated physiotherapists.

The respite accommodation has overnight facilities for a nurse if 24 hour nursing is required.

Ms Porter said the centre gave a sense of "community spirit" to the jockeys.

Oaksey House was opened in 2009 by Princess Anne, who remains a patron.

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