Princess presents award to loyal volunteer

Fiona Wright receives the President's Award from the Princess Royal
Fiona Wright receives the President's Award from the Princess Royal

A STEYNING woman has received the highest volunteer award in her field from the Princess Royal.

Fiona Wright, treasurer of South Downs Riding for the Disabled, has raised more than £28,000 since she started volunteering in 1977.

She was presented with the President’s Award at the charity’s Supra Regional Conference, held at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Jayne Simpson, from South Downs RDA, said: “The President’s Award is the most prestigious volunteer award within the RDA and is awarded for service of an exceptional nature over a period of not less than 30 years.

“It is a tribute to the dedication, commitment and sheer hard work put in by Fiona over a period of some 38 years, for which she was nominated by her fellow volunteers.

“In addition to giving a great deal of her time, Fiona has also raised in excess of £28,000 by every means possible from arranging coffee mornings to knitting socks.

“Without the hard work and efforts of volunteers like Fiona, many disabled adults and children would never learn about the joy and therapeutic benefits of horse riding.”

The group is based at Bridge House Stables in Slinfold and Fiona has been treasurer for 29 years. The charity offers weekly riding lessons for children and adults. To volunteer, offer sponsorship or find out more, contact Carolyn Heitman on 01403 711867 or visit: