Reubens offer support to Jack Berry House

10 September 2014

Racing Post

BILLIONAIRES David and Simon Reuben, owners of Arc, have made a five-year financial commitment to Jack Berry House, the Injured Jockeys Fund’s new respite and rehabilitation centre set to open in Malton next spring.

The facility’s HydroWorx 500 therapy Pool, to be known as The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool, will play a key part in the training and rehabilitation programme, with features including an underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems.

The Pool, which has been specially manufactured in Pennsylvania, is at Southampton docks awaiting transport to North Yorkshire.

The Reuben Foundation was formed 12 years ago by the brothers as a charitable platform in the areas of education, health and community.

IJF chief executive Lisa Hancock said: “We’re thrilled the Reuben Foundation has offered such a generous contribution for Jack Berry House.

“At Oaksey House, equipment such as the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill has shown the importance of work-class training and recovery equipment, and the Pool at Jack Berry house will be a flagship component in helping with the fitness and aiding recovery for anyone who uses it.

“We set out to achieve more than £3 million in fundraising and are almost – but not quite – there, so donations are still very welcome.

The Reubens said “We set up the Reuben Foundation in 2002 in order to support health and education in the UK and around the world. Given our close connection with British racing we are thrilled to be able to announce the Reuben Foundation’s support for Jack Berry House.

“We look forward to the new state-of-the-art pool being of enormous benefit to all who are beneficiaries of the facilities at Jack Berry House. The work of charities like the Injured Jockeys fund, as well as the energy and commitment of individuals like Jack Berry, is an inspiration to us all.”

Sidelined Malton-based jockey Micky Fenton said: “I broke my neck in a fall last September and had to travel from Malton to Oaksey House in Lambourn for help with my recovery. Having Jack Berry House in this part of the country will make such a difference in the north, and I’ll be one of the first in the rehabilitation pool”