This year’s Racing Post Christmas jumpers are officially sold out and have raised a record breaking £20,000 for horseracing charity Racing Welfare.
Proceeds this year are up a full 80% on 2015’s £12,000 total, with an increase in the quantity of limited edition designs on sale and overwhelming support from a number of people both attributed to helping the #Jumpers4Racing campaign.
Bruce Millington, editor of the Racing Post, said: “This year’s jumpers have proved more popular than ever before and we’re delighted to have smashed our previous record of £12,000 by £8,000.
“On behalf of everyone at the Racing Post, I’d like to say a massive thank you to all that have shown their support by raising awareness and purchasing the jumpers this year. I’m sure that Racing Welfare will welcome every penny of the money raised and that it will go far in aiding their marvellous support for people in the industry.”
ITV Racing presenters of the past and future have been showing their support, with Ed Chamberlin and A P McCoy pulling on a jumper in the paddock at Newbury’s Hennessy meeting, while Brough Scott struck a pose on the press room balcony.
Commentator John Hunt called home the Berkshire Novices’ Chase in his festive knit, while eccentric racing pundit John McCririck also joined in on the action.
Trainers Dan Skelton, David Simcock and Warren Greatrex were also in on the action, as were the stall handlers at Chelmsford City Racecourse.
Every penny spent on this year’s festive knits has gone straight to Racing Welfare, who offer professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and support staff from recruitment through to retirement and beyond.
Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said: “We’ve loved being part of the Racing Post’s Christmas jumper campaign. It’s a really fun way of raising a very substantial amount of money that will help support the full range of people working in the racing industry who keep the show on the road.
“A big thank you must go to everyone involved with the campaign and to all those who have purchased a jumper.”