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Racing Welfare to take part in a social media boycott

Racing Welfare will take part in a social media boycott this weekend driven by the wider sporting community, designed to take a stand against the online abuse and racism directed towards its participants.

Horseracing’s boycott will commence from 9pm on Friday evening, following a planned commemoration of the life of Lorna Brooke, the amateur jockey who sadly lost her life following injuries incurred during racing this month, and will run until 11:59pm on Monday 3 May.

Chief Executive at Racing Welfare, Dawn Goodfellow said; “Online abuse is suffered by racing’s people on a daily basis and can have a huge knock-on effect upon mental health.

“There should be zero tolerance for this type of hatred, and the boycott has our full support. The current levels of protection for sporting professionals online are unacceptable, and they – nor anyone else – should ever have to endure such abuse.”

Racing Welfare is here to support all of Racing’s workforce. If you work in racing and have been affected by online abuse, you can get help 24/7 by calling Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443.