Chair of The British Polio Fellowship, Dr Gordon Richardson, has been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours.
Gordon has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to disability access (in the city of Bristol).
He is Treasurer of the Bristol Walking Alliance and was instrumental in its establishment. The Alliance is a consortium of organisations and individuals, and campaigns to improve the walking environment across Bristol, for example for disabled people.
Responding to the news of Gordon's honour, Kripen Dhrona Chief Executive Officer of the British Polio Fellowship (BPF) said:
“Everyone at the Fellowship is absolutely delighted that Gordon's achievements are recognised in the King’s New Year’s Honours.
“We congratulate Gordon on his work with the Alliance and the impact it has made to disabled people moving around Bristol; introducing much needed cycle lanes, dropped pavements and traffic calming measures.”
As well as being Chair of the British Polio Fellowship, supporting people affected by polio and Post-Polio-Syndrome, Gordon is the Co-Chair of not-for profit organisation Bristol Disability Equality Forum, which provides a voice for disabled people. Additionally, he is serving as a Disability Commissioner for Bristol, championing the rights of disabled people, and enabling them to influence decision-making within the city.
Treasurer of Bristol West Diabetes Support Network, Gordon also received a commendation from the Lord Mayor of Bristol in 2016 for his 15 years of service as a pre-school governor and the representative for nursery schools on the Bristol Schools Forum.
In 2023, Dr Gordon Richardson was presented with a degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Bristol.