A new fund has been launched to support current British Eventing volunteers with travel to events outside of Europe.
The Derek Gooden Fund has been launched in memory of one of the sports most dedicated and experienced volunteers. A recipient of the BE Award, Derek was a vital part of the sport for many years and best known for his expertise as a Health and Safety officer as well as a Cross Country Steward and Fence Judge.
Following his death in 2016, the BE Volunteer and Professional Adviser generously dedicated a sum of his estate to British Eventing to set up a fund to assist fence judges with their overseas travel to events.
The new fund will support volunteers with their travel to Olympic or World Equestrian Games when they hosted outside of Europe. This will include the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
BE CEO Jude Matthews commented; “All of us at British Eventing were very touched by the news and cannot think of a better way to honour Derek’s memory than through this fabulous fund. Our sport could not run without the tireless dedication of volunteers, and to be able to help them travel to these incredible overseas events will provide some of our fence judges, who otherwise may not have been able to attend, with some fantastic opportunities and experiences. Volunteers who have applied for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will soon find out if they have been successful in securing a place as a Olympic volunteer, so we hope that through these bursaries we can support some of our volunteers with their travel to Tokyo this year.”