On Wednesday 22 June 60 retired racing staff from North Yorkshire enjoyed a day trip to Beamish, a world famous open air museum in Durham.
The trip was organised for beneficiaries local to Middleham and Malton, and was offered as part of Racing Welfare’s services for racing’s retired community. Trips and outings for former racing staff play a key role in helping to reduce isolation and loneliness within the retired racing community, helping them to remain a part of the industry to which they have dedicated their lives.
Beamish Museum brings the history of North East England to life with various areas of the open air site dedicated to key historical periods including towns and countryside settings from the 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Beneficiaries were given the opportunity to explore the various exhibits and discover fascinating stories of everyday life in the region through time before enjoying a spot of lunch.
One attendee stated “I don’t often get to catch up with old friends because my mobility isn’t as good as it used to be, the trips are something I look forward to each year and always know I will be well looked after. Spending time with some old friends makes my day”
Regional Welfare Manager Adam Ferguson said: “The events and outings held for racing’s retired community are instrumental in our aim to prevent loneliness and social isolation. We are acutely aware of the impact of social isolation amongst the retired community and our calendar of community engagement events play a significant role in mitigating the impact.”
To find out more about Racing Welfare’s trips and outings for retired racing staff please join the Racing Conversation Facebook Group or call Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443 and ask to speak to your local Welfare Officer.