Interview: DEBBIE MATTHEWS Debbie fell in love with racing after a chance viewing on TV of Altior winning at Cheltenham. Despite a high profile career in marketing, Debbie also suffers from anxiety when confronted with new situations and experiences, she formed #GoRacingGreen after a solo trip to Ascot for a first visit to the races. The aim of the group is to enable people to enjoy a day at the races in an environment that feels comfortable to them. Listen to her story here. Meeting Debbie Matthews.
DEBBIE MATTHEWS (part 1 of 1)
Debbie Matthews ‘discovered’ horseracing after watching Altior winning at Cheltenham on TV. Debbie decided to set up #GoRacingGreen after visiting Ascot, her first trip to the races.
Their website explains ‘a lot of people live with various challenges in their life. They may be people like me, that live with social anxiety and various other social-related phobias. They, or someone they care for, may live with dementia, autism, ADHD, PTSD, have low self confidence, be alone. There are many challenges in life that are often hidden from the outside. These mean that many people go through life existing, rather than living, and miss out on doing things they enjoy. The main aim of #GoRacingGreen is, with support, to help us all go racing again, or at least be involved in racing, if this is something we love but are missing out on due to their condition, or that of the person they love and care for. The project is for the public but also supports groups and organisations where clients, patients, students or residents may benefit.’
In this one-part interview Debbie explains her aims for #GoRacingGreen in more depth.