A West Norfolk charity has a piece of racing history to auction and raise much-needed cash.

A set of signed racing silks from the stable of the great racehorse Frankel have been donated by Prince Khalid.

The silks will be auctioned by Action for M.E. and organisers hope the racing fraternity will be digging deep in their pockets.

The silks have been signed by renowned trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally who rode unbeaten Frankel to all 14 of his victories.

They have been donated, along with a letter of authenticity, via Lord Grimthorpe who is racing manager for Prince Khalid.

West Norfolk fundraiser Helen Buckenham has had M.E. for more than 20 years and, along with her mother Anne and sister Liz, has been raising money for Action for ME.

To date they have raised around £27,000 for the organisation.

“The great thing that has happened since I first came down with M.E. in 1992 is that it has now, thankfully,  largely lost its derogatory ‘yuppie flu’ tag a few years ago and was classified as a neurological condition,” said Mrs Buckenham.

Bids can be made from Sunday for ten days via the ebay website.

Once on the site, put the words Frankel Silks in the search box and make sure you are directed to the site 263liz.


M.E. stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis which has a range of symptoms including chronic fatigue.

Action for M.E. raises awareness and money – see: www.actionforme.org.uk