When top jockey Bryony Frost, who made history as the first ever woman to win at the Cheltenham Festival over jumps, heard that rescue centre Many Tears had been hit badly due to the fall-out from the coronavirus, she kindly offered to sign and auction off a pair of breeches that she wore when she won her first Grade 1 race on Black Corton to raise money for them.

Bryony, whose own dog died last year, still enjoys walking the family’s dogs at home in Buckfastleigh, Devon. She says she misses her dog – Teazels – a great deal. When she heard of the amazing work Many Tears, which is the largest animal rescue centre of its kind in the UK, does to try to rehabilitate and rehome ex-breeding dogs, that in most cases have never lived inside a house before or received any affection, she wanted to help the not-for-profit organisation in any way she could.

Many Tears, who have a centre in South Wales but also work with fosterers around the UK, many in the South West, have seen both food and financial donations virtually dry up. In addition, due to the lockdown, dogs are sadly not being adopted.

For anyone who is interested in owning a piece of sporting history, Many Tears are asking bidders to send their bid to this email address: support@manytearsrescue.org

Please include your name and contact number plus your maximum bid by 12 noon, Friday, May 15. The winning entry will be contacted by Many Tears. This is a silent auction so no details of the winner will be published. For more information about Many Tears Animal Rescue, go to www.manytearsrescue.org

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