A North Yorkshire centre for injured jockeys is to be recognised as the official charity of a nationwide firm of bookmakers.

Jack Berry House, under-construction near Malton, has been chosen as Betfred's charity of the year as it aims to raise £2.2 million of funding.

Due for completion in November, it is being built by the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) as a specialist centre for jockeys recovering from racing injuries.

Jack Berry, vice-president of the IJF, said: “I’m delighted Betfred has picked us as its official charity and I would personally like to thank Fred Done. His support and that of the Betfred team means a lot.”

Initial fundraising ideas include a race day and a special sportsman’s dinner, while Betfred staff will also be encouraged to hold their own sponsored events.

Betfred founder Fred Done said: “Jack Berry is a legend in my opinion and I hope we can help him reach his goal of building this fantastic facility in the North of England.

“Jockeys are the bravest sportsmen and women out there, putting their lives on the line every day. I’m proud to support Jack Berry House.”

The IJF, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has spent more than £18m in helping over 1,000 jockeys with serious or long-term injuries.

It has an existing centre for injured and retired jockeys in Lambourn, Berkshire, which opened in 2009.

Betfred has over 1,370 shops nationwide and employs over 10,000 people.