Support people that love the sport, but have challenges in life, to go racing again
Through race day meet-ups and events
Work with racecourses to make them friendlier and more inclusive places
A lot of people live with various challenges in their life. They may be people like me, that live with social anxiety and various other social-related phobias. They, or someone they care for, may live with dementia, autism, ADHD, PTSD, have low self confidence, be alone.
There are many challenges in life that are often hidden from the outside. These mean that many people go through life exisiting, rather than living, and miss out on doing things they enjoy.
The main aim of #GoRacingGreen is, with support, to help us all go racing again, or at least be involved in racing, if this is something we love but are missing out on due to their condition, or that of the person they love and care for.
The project is for the public but also supports groups and organisations where clients, patients, students or residents may benefit.
850,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with dementia
In 2013, over 8 million cases of anxiety were reported in England alone. A more recent study would certainly show this figure has increased.
2.4 million British, adult residents of all ages have been reported reported to suffer from chronic loneliness
700,000 people in the UK are reported to be on the Autistic Spectrum
In 2017, 72 million works days were lost related to mental health, with a cost of £34.9 billion
250,000 are unable to enjoy a day out due to inadequate toilet facilities
The initiative is now supported by a community made up of thousands of people.
These may be people that live with challenges themselves, people that live with or care for them, or people that are just happy to support the cause, be that members of the public or people from within the racing industry.
Inclusivity is key. We don't want anyone to feel different. If you want to share your story then please do, it's good to talk and it's OK not to be OK, but we will never ask. Some of us wear green ribbons, some wear #GoRacingGreen hats or caps. The main thing is, no one is labelled.
Members of the community meet at race days, and the community element of this project is supported by Unibet Racing, meaning there are frequently race day meet-ups and inclusive stable visits and events that you are welcome to attend.
#GoRacingGreen is run as a full time initiative, the more funding and sponsorship, the more the project is able to achieve. Currently it does not have charity status but this is something being looked into.