Queen’s Award for riding association

Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis at Bedford and District Handicapped Riders Association

Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis at Bedford and District Handicapped Riders Association

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Bedford and District Handicapped Rider’s Association has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service or 2015.

It is the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive.

Trustee Rebecca Twigden said: “We’re all thrilled, delighted, honoured and excited.

“But the recognition really belongs to four very special ladies whose voluntary service adds up to a massive 167 years.

“They are Jean Bedford, Helen Dunster, Sue Hayhurst and Pat Wand who’ve made a huge contribution between them.”

She added: “We rely on contributions and have lots of local support. This will really help with fundraising activites as we’re allowed to use the logo.”

The award will be presented by Bedfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis at a special ceremony.

BDHRA was founded in 1961 by the late Miriam Godber.

Mrs Twigden’s husband Ivan donated the riding stables at the Association’s current purpose-built centre in Willington, which was opened by Princess Anne in 1992.

It has recently undergone a transformation after funding was obtained for a modern indoor surface and stalls with automatic water systems.

It’s run by volunteers and is open on Wednesdays during term time and on Thursday evenings during the summer.

The annual fete is on Saturday, June 27 from 2.30pm.

> For more information visit www.bdhra.co.uk