Riding for the disabled
580. Doug Smith
Doug Smith is Honorary Life Vice President of Riding for the Disabled, having volunteered with the association for 27 years.
Doug has worked with Imperial College London to develop new technology that allows deaf and blind people to ride independently. He is a regular coach across several regions and has organised the National Championships, the biggest event of its kind for riders with disabilities.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Doug’s inspirational service is giving back to the Riding for the Disabled Association, a charity he credits with giving him a new lease of life. His work with Imperial College London has led to exciting new innovations, giving deaf and blind people the opportunity to safely ride without mentors. I’m delighted to name Doug the UK’s 580th Point of Light.”
Doug’s local MP, Amanda Milling said:
“I am thrilled Doug has been recognised for his hard work. He is a great example of someone who is helping people in the area and making such a huge difference to the community. Many people have come across Doug’s work and have been touched by his efforts to help. Congratulations on a thoroughly well-deserved award!.”
Doug Smith said:
“I was delighted and surprised to receive this award. I am immensely proud to be a part of Riding for the Disabled Association and thoroughly enjoy helping our participants to get the maximum benefit from what we can offer. I am sure all Riding for the Disabled volunteers would agree that we get far more out than we put in!”