More than thirty members of racing’s retired community enjoyed a week in the Warwickshire countryside this spring for the first Racing Welfare beneficiary holiday since 2019. The holiday, supported by Godolphin, which normally takes place annually, did not go ahead in 2020 or 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The holiday initiative aims to bring the retired community together to reduce loneliness and offer a much-needed respite break to beneficiaries, their partners and carers. Holiday places are offered to people who have worked in horseracing in a variety of roles and to those who otherwise might struggle to access a break due to illness, disability or for other reasons.
Guests on this year’s holiday stayed at Studley Castle, a Grade II listed building set in 28 acres of beautiful countryside in Warwickshire. Beneficiaries were able to enjoy the facilities and vast amount of leisure activities on offer including swimming, archery, boules and walks in the grounds. In addition, day trips to Warwick races, Dan Skelton Racing, Alne Park Stud and a Cotswolds tour were organised throughout the week.
Thank you to Godolphin whose generous support allowed us to run the trip this year.