Jockey Jan

JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS ANGUS RDA

 

JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS ANGUS RDA

 

Below.PICTURE SHOWS ELEANOR PHILLIPS RDA MANAGER NATHAN BOYLE (8) ON HAMISH AND HANDLER NICOLA REID WHO WAS THE FIRST WINNER OF THE JOCKEY JAN M F TROPHY

The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund gave a cheque to Angus RDA for a £1,500.00 to help with the valuable work they do. November 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below. The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund gave a cheque to Angus RDA of a £1,500.00 to help with the valuable work they do. November 2011.


The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund gave a cheque to Angus RDA of a £1,000.00 to help with the valuable work they do. November 2012.

The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund gave a cheque to Angus RDA of a £1,000.00 to help with the valuable work they do. November 2013.

The Jockey Jan Memorial Fund gave a cheque to Angus RDA of a £500.00 to help with the valuable work they do. November 2015.

 

 

 
JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS PITSTOP

 

JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS PITSTOP

 

 

The JJMF presented a cheque for £1,000.00 to the Chairman of Pitstop.

Forfar Dispatch

Published on Wednesday 28 November 2012 08:00


THE JOCKEY Jan Memorial Fund, set up by local couple Drew and Margaret Wilson in memory of their daughter who died in a fire in North Yorkshire in 2009, has provided a financial boost to the Pitstop in Forfar.


The fund has supported many projects and groups around Angus and beyond, many of which Jan, a promising apprentice jockey, had an association with.

Although Jan never attended the Pitstop youth facility in Academy Street, Drew and Margaret noticed it was looking for help.

Drew said: “Hopefully this donation might just help pay for the final push”.

The couple went along to the Pitstop to hand over a cheque for £1,000 which will help towards the refurbishment cost of the premises.

The upstairs area has been stripped to provide new facilities for the drop in centre, including a healthy food and juice bar.

The orgnanisers were disppointed when a lottery application for £60,000 was turned down earlier this year, but since then they have attracted local support.

They are now appealing for skilled volunteers to give up some of their time to complete the internal fit-out.

Accepting the cheque Pitstop chairman Stuart Mackie said: “It was a great surprise to get this donation because our earlier appeal was largely for physical support, so to get extra financial support is a real help.”

 

 
Jockey Jan and Angus Pony Club at Hoys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angus Pony Club Mounted Games team funds were further boosted by a cheque for £2,000 donated by the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund.  

 

Jan had been a former member of Angus Pony Club and Margaret Wilson was delighted to be able to help out Jan’s old club with a donation from the Fund.   Margaret said “she could remember the fun Jan had and watching the team practice must have been where Jan learned to be so tough and well balanced on a horse”.  She hoped that the donation from the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund would help the team and their trainer follow their dream and wished them fun and success. 

 

She also thanked the Angus Pony Club Members for their support at the recent Shindig for 8  www.jockeyjan.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Jan was an active member of Angus Pony club and many members have fond memories of Jan especially during the week they spent with her at Pony Club Camp at Brechin.  Members can remember that Jan was a very special rider and even when her horse Tina would suddenly stop in her tracks and kneel down and eat the grass with Jan on board she would just laughed it off.

 

Jan went on to prove that she was a great rider and followed her dream to be a jockey.  We were all so proud of her achievements.   Jan was very successful in this field and rode her horse Imperial Sword to victory three times at Ripon, Haydock and Ayr.     Tragically in 2009 Jan died in a house fire and her parents Drew and Margaret Wilson set up the Jockey Jan Memorial fund in her memory.   The fund has helped many people over the years and Angus Pony Club is so grateful to the fund for the very kind donation which has helped the Angus Team follow their dreams just like Jan.

 

Pictured below Jan second from the right holding on to Louise Hill who is our youngest member of the Angus Mounted Games team at HOYS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan at her Pony Club rally on her horse Tina (3rd from the left)

Pictured below is the Mounted Games team: - Louise Hill, Robin Baillie, Morven Mclean, Rachel Gordon, Georgie Braithwaite and James Baillie together with trainer Andrew Reid receiving a cheque for £2,000 from Margaret Wilson on behalf of the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
Forfar Academy Sponsored Walk 2012/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the fastest boy and girl at Forfar Academy

are awarded the Jan Wilson memorial trophies,

kindly donated by the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund.

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Fastest times

 

The winners of the 2015 fastest boy and girl

are awarded the Jan Wilson memorial trophies,

kindly donated by the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund.

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FORFAR ACADEMY 2015

 

Jockey Jan

 Sponsored walkers 2015

Taking part in Forfar Academy’s sponsored walk were, from left –

Zara Hill, Callum Gibb, Owen Wilson, Courtney Bayne, Abigail Butchart, Owain Mason and Alix Small.

Results;1st Owen Wilson, new school record 38.21/Courtney Bayne;2nd,Owain Mason/Zara Hill;

3,David Clarke/Alix Small. Fastest first years – Callum Gibb and Abigail Butchart.

 

 

 

Below: Forfar Academy Sponsored Walk 2012

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29 September saw the annual Forfar Academy Sponsored Walk around Forfar Loch.  A lovely sunny afternoon saw

the pupils and staff of the Academy walk or run twice around the Loch, all in the name of charity.  It is the school’s main fund raising event

and early indications suggests that around £8,000 was raised and will be used in a number of ways, including donations to charities chosen by the

school’s Charities Committee. In conjunction with the annual sponsored walk, there are awards up for grabs for those that choose to run the Loch.

  Seventy-three pupils decided they were going to run this year and the standard was very high.

Prizes are on offer for 1st-3rd place overall for boys and girls and also for 1st placed 1st year boy and girl.

  The main prizes of 1st placed boy and girl receive the Jan Wilson memorial trophies,

which have been donated to the school by Jan Wilson’s parents.

  Jan was an ex-pupil of the school who tragically died while working as a jockey down in England.

This year’s winners and results were:

Girls:
1st-Erin Brown, 45.56 minutes, which was a new school record for girls.
2nd-Rowan Ramage, 58.40
3rd-Erin Thomson, 59.20 (Erin was also the 1st placed 1st year girl)

Boys:
1st-Adam Hoggan, 40.08 
2nd-Robbie Gooderham, 41.51 
3rd-Robert Clarke, 43.30

1st placed 1st Year- Paul Rennie, 47.59

Mr Taylor of the Maths Department was the fastest member of staff with a time of 46.42.

Well done to all winners and to all runners who took part!

All pupils involved in the walk and run were on their best behaviour and were an excellent advert to Forfar Academy. 

A big thank you must go to all members of staff, whose support allowed the walk to once again be a massive success.

  Roll on next year!!Forfar Academy, Taylor Street, Forfar, Angus DD8 3LB.  Tel: 01307 464545
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 Above:Eilidh Collins & James Beattie Winners of the Jan Wilson Awards.

At Forfar Academy 2012.

With their trophies an A P McCoy's Autobiography

Donated by A P McCoy to the JJMF

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JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS FORFAR FALCONS

JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND SUPPORTS FORFAR FALCONS

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Laura Forbes 1st winner of the Forfar Falcons swimming club’s endeavour trophy in 2010, presented in memory of local jockey Jan Wilson.

 

I remember that night with great pride sadness and happy feelings. I was asked along to present Jan’s Trophy in her memory. I can’t remember what was said but I can remember how all spoke so well and kindly of Jan and how the winner this year 2010 they felt she was very like Jan, which was Laura Forbes.

I do remember I stood listening with great pride and finding it very hard to hold it together at the fond memories Forfar Falcons shared with us all that night about Jan, I have always wished that it had been recorded so I could have a chance to take it all in. I met Laura and what a lovely girl she was too.

 

I have been probably in a world of my own and that’s probably why I missed that Laura was ill. I remember their was a fund raising event at the Murton just along the road from us, but never made 2 and 2.
Like everyone else I was gutted when I found out, the young lovely girl I presented the JJMF Trophy to had died.

 

Things like that are not meant to happen. Its so heart breaking when young people are taken away with all their life in front of them. Below is a small tribute to Laura and her family.

 

 

Above. Laura with her trophy in 2010

 

 

Below. Picture of all the Forfar Falcons Swimming Club with their trophies 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A courageous Angus girl’s family have paid tribute to the “amazing” teenager after she lost her lengthy battle with cancer.

Just a week after celebrating her 16th birthday at home in Forfar, Laura Forbes succumbed at the weekend to the disease which she had fought head-on since it was diagnosed after a seemingly minor fall on a hill-walking expedition with friends.

Parents Donald and Audrey and younger brother Daniel have been devastated by the sudden loss, but said they were immensely proud of the fortitude Laura demonstrated throughout her brave struggle.

They have also been comforted by many tributes paid to the talented teenager, led by Forfar Academy’s headmaster, who described Laura as an extremely popular girl who excelled in everything she did.

In 2011 Laura hurt her knee in a fall and, after numerous hospital visits, the family were told bone cancer had been discovered in the injured joint.

She underwent intensive chemotherapy, followed by major surgery on her knee. Her family clung to the hope of a positive outcome but were left reeling early last year by the discovery of a secondary cancer on Laura’s lung.

The teenager spent months in Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospital (ARCH) throughout her illness and her parents have only the highest praise for the staff there.

Mum Audrey, who gave up her job to be with her daughter in the hospital, said: “We can’t fault them — from the very start they were absolutely brilliant.”

Another course of chemotherapy finished last July and Laura had been allowed home, latterly attending ARCH as an outpatient once a month.

After a family Christmas together, and having celebrated her 16th birthday, she suddenly became unwell and was taken back to Aberdeen, where she tragically died.

“We’re just so proud that she managed to get through all that she did. She never complained and she wasn’t selfish — she always put others first,” said her heartbroken parents.

“She had been in good spirits at home — a bit fed up that she couldn’t do the things normal teenagers do, but that was because she was such an active girl.”

Laura was a pupil at Wellbrae Primary School before she moved on to Forfar Academy. She was a keen swimmer and won Forfar Falcons swimming club’s endeavour trophy in 2010, presented in memory of local jockey Jan Wilson.

Last spring, hundreds of people, including many of her school pals, turned out to support Laura’s big fun day, an event at Murton reserve near Forfar which was the idea of younger brother Daniel (11).

Funds from the event helped support the work of the Archie Foundation at ARCH, which was given a further boost of more than £3,000 when dad Donald (42) and his friend Michael Arbuckle tackled a 10,000ft sponsored skydive last year.

Forfar Academy head teacher Melvyn Lynch said: “We were all very saddened to hear of the passing away on Saturday of fifth-year pupil Laura Forbes, who has been bravely fighting illness for some time.

“Laura was an extremely popular and talented pupil who excelled academically, in sports and in everything she did. She will be sadly missed and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this very sad time.”

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Back, from left: Audrey Forbes, Lucy Richardson, Ellie McCallum and Andy Reid, with front, most improved swimmer Ellis Mackie, left and Daniel Forbes.

 

Young Angus swimmers have fondly remembered two tragic pals in a poignant end of season awards ceremony.

The Reid Hall Forfar Falcons event celebrated the achievements of members at club level and beyond, culminating in the emotional handover of a brace of memorial prizes honouring much-missed former members.

There was particular poignancy surrounding the inaugural presentation of the Laura Forbes memorial trophy by the family of the popular town teenager, who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

Forfar Academy pupil Laura and her younger brother Daniel both enjoyed the sport with the club and the Forbes family presented the award, to be given annually to a swimmer whose overall enthusiasm and commitment is worthy of recognition.

Laura’s parents Audrey and Donald saw the prize go to Lucy Richardson, who was given the accolade for her club involvement, which includes poolside helping and encouraging the Falcons’ younger members as well as competitive swimming.

 

Mr and Mrs Forbes then looked on proudly as Daniel was named the 2013 winner of the Jockey Jan Wilson memorial trophy, established following the tragic loss of promising apprentice rider and former swim club member Jan, from Greenhead, Rescobie in a Yorkshire flats fire in September 2009.

Daniel has returned to swimming at the club’s regular training sessions and his determined performances in the recent Falcons gala helped him to the Jockey Jan award, which his sister also won in 2010.

Club president Andy Reid said the club had been greatly saddened by the loss of two popular members in such tragic circumstances within just a few years but it was gratifying their memory will live on through the annual awards.

The presentation dance also saw club swimmer of the year Ellie McCallum given the honour of making a special handover of engraved glassware to head coach Derek Nisbet in recognition of his dedication to Forfar Amateur Swimming Club over a quarter of a century.

In addition to his coaching commitment, Derek has held many official roles within the club, including that of president.

 

 

 2014 The Jan Wilson Trophy for hard work in training, and given in memory of Jockey Jan who swam at the club, was presented to Ross Brown.

 

 

 
JOCKEY JAN MEMORIAL FUND WITH Shirley and Julie 2012

Shirley Teasdale and Julie Burke at Ayr 14th August 2012.

 
Imperial Sword at the BRS 2012

Imperial Sword at the BRS

Swordy and Shelley Teasdale.

 

 
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