Racing Welfare’s Director of Welfare, Simone Sear, has today been named as a finalist for this year’s Godolphin Rory MacDonald Award. The accolade is part of the Stud and Stable Staff Awards and is one of six categories, encompassing a total of £120,000 in prize money.
The Rory MacDonald Award recognises any individual connected directly or indirectly within horseracing, including auxiliary and administrative staff who has made an outstanding contribution to either the racehorses or to the lives of those working within the industry, or on racing’s behalf, in local communities showcasing the social responsibility of our sport, for either equine, humans or both.
Simone, who has been with Racing Welfare for almost 12 years, was nominated for her work in helping to make the charity the proactive, positive force for good that it is today. She has made an enormous impact in her time at Racing Welfare, playing a pivotal role in its rapid growth which saw it helping almost 2,500 people last year through 10,500 sessions of support from its welfare team, which Simone heads up.
Clearly delighted to have made it through to the final judging, Simone said, “I’m extremely humbled and touched to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. I’m incredibly fortunate to do what I do every day and consider it an honour to hold my role within the charity. Paying tribute to the people around her, she went on to stress that “I don’t do this alone and am very proud of the wonderful team we have at Racing Welfare. Delivering our services is very much a combined effort and the nomination for the award reflects their work as much as mine.”
“The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards offer a superb opportunity to showcase and highlight what we do at Racing Welfare. Never before has workforce wellbeing been more important and it feels like the right time to be having meaningful conversations on the subject.”
All of the award finalists will now go through to a face-to-face interview stage on Monday 24th February, following which the winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London.