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MBE for Serena Oxley, retired carer of injured jockeys.

Byline: Howard Wright reports

SERENA OXLEY, 71 on Friday and one of racing's best-known carers, was created an MBE in the New Year Honours list for her work with injured jockeys.

Oxley, a widow for nearly 30 years following the death of her Oaks and Lincoln-winning trainer-husband John, retired as an Injured Jockeys' Fund almoner in 2001 after serving for 17 years.

She also worked for the Stable Lads' Welfare Trust before joining the IJF fulltime, and was credited with improving the lives of more than 180 beneficiaries.

Newmarket-based Oxley, who worked alongside Hilary Kerr and Sue Mills as IJF almoners, was a regular visitor to Sharon Murgatroyd, who was in on the secret when a group of those she had helped organised a surprise retirement party.

At the time she stood down, then-IJF chairman Lord Oaksey said: "Serena has been confronted by just about every conceivable racing problem, and with sympathy and understanding gained from a lifetime in the sport, she has done her level best to solve them.

"The fund and its beneficiaries owe her a huge unpayable debt."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2009
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