Sir Peter O'Sullevan, CBE
On 30 July 2015, Sir Peter O’Sullevan died peacefully at home at the age of 97.
Legendary BBC broadcaster and journalist Sir Peter O'Sullevan, CBE, was the ‘Voice of Racing’ for many years, commentating on all the great races during his career, including commentating on his own horse winning the Derby.
'The Voice of Racing' hung up his microphone in 1997, the same year as he was knighted.
On retirement, Sir Peter launched an annual award, given to someone who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the world of horseracing.
The award and fundraising lunch were a great success and in 1999 the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust was founded. The annual lunch occurs each November and is the principle fundraiser for Sir Peter’s six beneficiary charities, of which the Brooke is one. To date over £4million has been distributed by the Trust, £600,000 of which went to the Brooke.
The Charitable Trust has committed to continue fundraising in Sir Peter’s name, saying “His greatest wish was for his charitable trust to continue to raise vital funds for his chosen welfare concerns."