One For Arthur's National saddlecloth auctioned for charity
A saddlecloth steeped in racing history is being auctioned by the Great North Air Ambulance Service after jump racing valet Steve Charlton donated the item worn to victory by Derek Fox on One For Arthur in this year’s Grand National.
Signed by Fox and trainer Lucinda Russell, the saddlecloth has been framed alongside a racecard that features signatures of the 40 jockeys that contested the Aintree showpiece plus a photograph of One For Arthur.
The item, which is open to bids on eBay until June 17, will raise money for the GNAAS’S life-saving missions with the leading bid totalling £343 on Thursday morning.
Charlton, a former jump jockey who now works in weighing rooms across the north, said: “It’s just a way of helping the GNAAS, who offer a service that is funded by public donations. We should help in any way we can. Hopefully people will get bidding and help raise as much as possible for this great cause.”
Only one side of the saddlecloth could be displayed in the frame, so the other half will be going under the hammer for charity later in the year.
Russell said: “We’re delighted this piece of racing history is being sold to raise money for the air ambulance. Their service is as vital for the horseracing community as it is the general public.”
GNAAS fly three air ambulance helicopters across the north-east, north Yorkshire and Cumbria, offering pre-hospital care and rescuing hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year.
Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “We’d like to thank everyone, most notably Steve and his team, for making this online auction possible. It’s a very rare item and we’re hoping it can raise a good sum for the charity.”
To make a bid on the historic racing item visit http://ebay.eu/2rZadlW