Racing to raise funds in memory of Mick

Stephen and John Ennis with a painting by Miranda Bowen
Stephen and John Ennis with a painting by Miranda Bowen

A painting featuring the silks and autographs of leading race horse jockeys and trainers is set to raise thousands for charity in memory of popular Burnley PE teacher Mick Ennis.

The family of the respected Blessed Trinity teacher and racing enthusiast commissioned a painting by Miranda Bowen featuring the winning horses, jockeys and trainers of the four big races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Mick loved all sports but was particularly keen on National Hunt racing.

Stephen Ennis, brother of Mick

Brother Stephen, who lives near Cheltenham, said: “Mick loved all sports but was particularly keen on National Hunt racing.

“Shortly before he died, Mick wrote an article for the newsletter of the Cheltenham and Three Counties Race Club.

“Through the club I managed to capture the autographs of all four jockeys, trainers and owners of the winning horses – some of the most illustrious names in the sport including Ruby Walsh, Nico De Boinville, Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls.”

A giving site at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mickennis will ensure every £10 donated qualifies for a raffle ticket which will be drawn on September 16th by Mark and Sara Bradstock, the Gold Cup winning trainers featured in the painting.

• Mick’s family have also sponsored a race in his name at another of his favourite meetings, at Cartmel.

One year on from Mick’s last trip to Cartmel, the third race on this year’s card on August 31st will be the “Mick ennis Memorial Chase”.

The family will use the occasion to promote online donations, money from which will go equally to the Injured Jockey’s Fund and Pendleside Hospice who cared for Mick. The goal is to raise £5,000 for each charity.

There are also 70 A3 framed prints of the portrait available for £55, which can be bought by calling Steve Ennis on 07767 228866.