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BPF’s Gordon Richardson receives his MBE from Princess Anne

Updated: May 1

Dr Gordon Richardson, Chair of The British Polio Fellowship was presented with an MBE at Windsor Castle by Princess Anne.

A dedicated volunteer, Gordon Richardson received his MBE after being named in the King’s New Year’s Honours list for services to disability access in the Bristol area.

Gordon’s investiture took place at Windsor Castle on Wednesday 17 April, with his award presented by Princess Anne.

An example of Gordon’s campaigning helped to improve Bristol’s public transport system. Bristol buses only one wheelchair bay which meant at busy times the space could be taken, resulting in wheelchair users having to wait for the next bus to come along. Today, there are 170 double-bay buses in Bristol’s fleet.

On receiving his MBE he said: “I'm so pleased and proud to have received this award.

“It was a massive surprise, and I'd like to thank those people who nominated me.

“Windsor Castle is very impressive, and Princess Anne took the time to speak to me about the work I do for disability access in the Bristol area.”

Gordon has several senior charity roles, including Treasurer of the Bristol Walking Alliance. A consortium of organisations and individuals, campaigning to improve the walking environment across Bristol (for example for disabled people).

He is also National Chair for the British Polio Fellowship, while serving as its West Region Treasurer and Bristol Branch Chairman. He is Treasurer for the Bristol West Diabetes Support Network, co-Chair of a not-for profit organisation, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, and an acting Disability Commissioner for Bristol.

In 2016, Gordon received a commendation from the Lord Mayor of Bristol for 15 years’ service as a pre-school governor and the representative for nursery schools on the Bristol Schools Forum. Later in 2023, he was presented with a degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Bristol.

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