Monday 17th of January 2022

Oli Bell becomes Patron of Ebony Horse Club

ITV Racing’s Oli Bell has become a patron of Ebony Horse Club, the charity that uses horses to teach and inspire disadvantaged young people in South London.

After visiting the Club earlier in the year with fellow TV presenter Mick Fitzgerald, and being impressed with the work he saw, Oli readily accepted a patronage of the charity.

Oli says:

“Having seen first-hand the superb work that the team do at Ebony it became apparent very quickly that this is a really special place. The club has a monumental impact on the lives of young men and women from the inner city of London and that should not be underestimated. Through the relationship with horses these young men and women are able to learn so many important characteristics such as respect, discipline, kindness, team spirit and community – many aspects of life that those more fortunate take for granted.

In the case of a lot of the young riders that I met when I visited Ebony, it was clear that this centre has given them a second family and a real sense of purpose. It was genuinely incredibly moving and had a huge impact on my own outlook towards life. To be asked to be a patron is a tremendous honour, one which I am incredibly proud of and I will do as much as I can to help this wonderful organisation. I have a strong feeling that I will learn more from the children then they will from me – in many ways, that is the beauty of Ebony. Everyone is in it together.”

David Fleming, Engagement Manager, Oli Bell, Sue Collins, Head of the board of trustees

David Fleming, Engagement Manager for Ebony Club, says:

“Oli Came to Ebony again this week to meet with our trustees, funders, kids and horses. We are all extremely excited to have Oli as a patron. His enthusiasm and passion for what we are trying to achieve is very clear and serves as an inspiration to the young people we work with.”

Ebony Horse Club

Ebony Horse Club teaches and inspires disadvantaged and ‘at risk’ young people in the Lambeth area of London. We offer life changing and emotional coping skills through our horses. We have an inspirational facility here with eight horses and over 120 young members.  We offer our members a safe space to come and learn and relax as many have complicated issues at home. Our team organise residential camps, training, competitions and events throughout the year for all our members, most of which have never left south London! We also provide everything the kids may need from one to one counselling and advice from our experienced youth team to the practical things like boots, jods, hats, jackets etc. 

Recently we have forged strong links within the thoroughbred industry with a large grant from the Peter O’Sullevan trust and The Racing Foundation. We are also thankful for assistance from Godolphin, The British Racing School the BHA, Ascot and a number of trainers and racing professionals. Some of our kids have a keen interest in racing and we are working with the BHA to help our alumni gain valuable training, industry qualifications and careers in the racing and breeding industry, most of which is funded directly by donations. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the Charity.

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