Di Red­fern

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The vol­un­teer with the South Buck­ing­hamshire RDA group, has been piv­otal in de­vel­op­ing the self-es­teem and en­joy­ment for hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als.

She also played a key role in de­vel­op­ing the UK Par­a­lympics Dres­sage team, in par­tic­u­lar gold medal win­ners So­phie Chris­tiansen and Natasha Baker.

Di be­gan vol­un­teer­ing in the late 1960’s and since 1974 has been the group’s chair, or­gan­iser and host and has held mul­ti­ple po­si­tions as a county and re­gional in­struc­tor and re­gional chair­man.

She said: “Thank you so much for this pres­ti­gious award, it came as a com­plete sur­prise.

“I have found it a priv­i­lege over the years to watch the dis­abled riders de­velop in con­fi­dence and to see the joy on their faces as they con­tinue to progress.

“Rid­ing is great ther­apy whether you are phys­i­cally or in­tel­lec­tu­ally impaired as well as be­ing mar­velous ex­er­cise for all my won­der­ful vol­un­teer helpers who come and lead the ponies each week.”

Bea­cons­field MP Do­minic Grieve said at the time: “I am de­lighted to hear the Di Red­fern has won a Point of Light award for her work with RDA in my con­stituency. The RDA is one of the great suc­cess sto­ries of char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­ity in South Buck­ing­hamshire.

“It pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in both sport and recre­ation to hun­dreds of dis­abled peo­ple.

“Its suc­cess has, in large part, been due to her ef­forts and the way she has mo­ti­vated oth­ers into vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing with its work.

“The high stan­dard she achieves has been shown in the UK’s suc­cess in the Par­a­lympics.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late Di and wish her all the best for her fu­ture work.”

DI Red­fern has spent lo­cal Rid­ing for the al­most half a cen­tury Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion vol­un­teer­ing with her (RDA) group.

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