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Sporting memories launch range of horseracing Replay Reminiscence cards

Sporting Memories is launching a new set of Replay Reminiscence Cards for Horseracing, adding to their already extensive range of sporting memory aids.  The cards have been developed in partnership with Racing Welfare, who hold regular Sporting Memories coffee mornings across the country.  The range will be launched at a special event at Palace House, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art on Tuesday 19th February.

Sporting Memories is a charitable organisation which aims to enrich the lives of those living with Dementia, loneliness and mental ill-health.  Racing Welfare runs regular coffee mornings across the UK in partnership with Sporting Memories, drawing on the power of sport as a means of bringing people together.  Sporting Memories produces a number of resources and tangible materials to inspire and promote reminiscence, which are then available for third party organisations to purchase to utilise at their own events. 

Aimee Hockley-Righton, Regional Welfare Manager, said “Sporting Memories is a superb initiative and brings another dimension to our calendar of community engagement events.  We are delighted that they have produced this special set of cards for horseracing, which provide a starting point for people to talk and exchange stories.  The benefit of these events for those who attend is palpable and the level of interaction we witness is fantastic, which comes as a result of connecting with others who are equally as passionate about racing.”

Due to the popularity of Racing Welfare’s Sporting Memories events, a special set of horseracing Replay Reminiscence cards have been produced, which are receiving their official launch in Newmarket on Tuesday 19th February at Palace House, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.  The occasion is set to feature Sky Sports Racing presenter Derek Thompson as guest speaker and will welcome local dignitaries from Newmarket and surrounding areas, including the town’s Mayor Rachel Hood.  A sister launch event is also being held at Musselburgh Racecourse on the same day.  The cards feature the great and the good of horseracing throughout history and were compiled with the assistance of Racing Welfare’s Malton-based welfare team.  

Racing Welfare’s Sporting Memories coffee mornings are some of the charity’s most well attended regional events and, whilst they offer a racing focus, have also welcomed guest speakers from a multitude of sports and competitive pass-times.  The events are part of the charity’s wider aim to combat social isolation and loneliness, particularly within racing’s retired community, the effects of which have not only been proven to be detrimental to a person’s mental health, but also to their physical wellbeing too.  The Replay Reminiscence cards form a basis for discussion during Racing Welfare’s Sporting Memories coffee mornings and all attendees are encouraged to bring with them their own photographs, newspaper cuttings and other memorabilia.  These personal contributions promote the exchanging of stories and memories of what, for most, has been a lifetime spent in racing. 

You can find the dates of our upcoming Sporting Memories here.