Jockey Billy Lee sports Children’s Health Foundation Logo as horse racing resumes after lockdown
Flat race jockey Billy Lee wore the logo of Children’s Health Foundation on his race wear when horse racing resumed on Monday the 8th June 2020.
Following on from a visit to Crumlin Children’s Hospital by Billy and several other jockeys, Billy came up with the idea that the riders, through The Irish Jockeys Association would promote the hospital and raise awareness of the essential work being done for sick children at Crumlin. The Irish Jockeys Association are delighted to collaborate with Billy in this endeavour and are making a donation to assist with much-needed funding for the hospital.
As part of phase 2 measures for re-opening Ireland that come into force this week, horse racing is one of the sports that has returned after three months of a lockdown due to COVID19.
Billy Lee says: “through John Butler Racecourse Physiotherapist, a few of us got to meet the staff and children at Crumlin Children’s Hospital and we were left humbled and in awe with the fantastic work being done there and also realised that the hospital has a great need for funding. Rather than have the usual sponsors’ names on my breeches and riding equipment I thought it might be a useful idea that I would carry the Children’s Health Foundation logo to help raise awareness while at the same time, myself and the other riders could raise some much needed money. I really am delighted at the opportunity to support Children’s Health Foundation at Crumlin.”
Earlier this year, CMRF Crumlin and Temple Street Foundation came together under the banner of Children's Health Foundation to ensure that, together, they can continue to support Ireland’s sickest children in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital on every step of their treatment journey - today, tomorrow and in the future.
Over the last few weeks and months, supporters like Billy Lee have gone above and beyond to support our front line heroes and little patients. Their efforts will ensure that vital care and treatment continues.
Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Children’s Health Foundation, says: “We are so grateful for the wonderful support of jockey Billy Lee and The Irish Jockeys Association. Horse racing has a very special place in the hearts of so many people in Ireland and around the world. We are delighted that the Children’s Hospital Foundation will be highlighted so prominently when racing resumes during the next phase of easing social distancing restrictions. Throughout the lockdown, vital care and treatment for sick children continued in CHI at Crumlin. This donation will ensure that our frontline heroes continue to provide world class care to our little patients.”
Andrew Coonan, Secretary to the Irish Jockeys Association, says: “This is a wonderful gesture from Billy who, together with other Members of The Irish Jockeys Association recently attended Crumlin Children’s Hospital and met with staff and patients, and was moved by the work being carried out. The Irish Jockeys Association is delighted to be able to show its support of Billy in his efforts to raise awareness for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the vital work that they do.”