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Merrick and Felix Francis

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raised of £100,000 target by 68 supporters

Weʼre raising £100,000 to fund a life-size bronze statue of the former jockey and author, Dick Francis, at Aintree Racecourse in the centenary year of his birth.

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Dick Francis is probably best remembered as the author of 39 bestselling crime novels centered around the world of British horse racing. However, prior to taking up his pen, Dick was a wartime RAF pilot of Spitfires, Wellingtons and Lancasters before then becoming one of the most successful jump jockeys of his generation. He was champion jockey in 1954 but his riding career was defined by his riding of the Queen Mother's Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National when the horse inexplicably collapsed just forty yards from certain victory. After that, the name of Dick Francis became synonymous with Aintree racecourse and the Grand National. In 1982 he was one of a few people who worked tirelessly to save the race from the threat of residential redevelopment and Dick remained a trustee of the racecourse until his retirement from the board in 2003. In honour of this, and of his long association with the Grand National, Aintree have decided to provide a site for a life-size bronze statue of Dick Francis to be erected at the racecourse. This will also mark the centenary of Dick's birth in October 1920. The funds for the sculpting and casting of the statue are to be raised by public subscription through this site. If more than the required amount is raised for the statue, the balance will be donated to the Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity that was very close to Dick Francis’s heart. And, in the event that insufficient funds are obtained, and hence the statue is not commissioned, all contributions shall be automatically refunded to the contributor.

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    • Evan Picoult

      Evan Picoult

      Oct 20, 2020

      A small payment for the profound enjoyment his novels have given me over many decades.


    • Peter and Marilyn Zimmerman

      Peter and Marilyn Zimmerman

      Oct 20, 2020

      Can't wait to see the actual race track someday. After reading all the mysteries, we'd really like to experience an actual race.


    • Jane Andrews Luckner

      Jane Andrews Luckner

      Oct 20, 2020

      I love the quiet heroes your dad created, and the horse world they loved. Thank you for creating this memorial for him.


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    • Deborah Bellante

      Deborah Bellante

      Oct 20, 2020

      I hope you can raise the funds necessary. Your father was a wonderful writer.


    • Anonymous


      Oct 20, 2020

      To honor a very special man who’s books have given me so much joy over the years


    • Charles Richards

      Charles Richards

      Oct 10, 2020

      A fitting tribute.


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