A 73-YEAR-OLD woman collected her British Empire Medal bestowed on her for her voluntary service to disability sport in East Staffordshire.
Beryl Horton, of Hall Lane, Willington, was presented with her medal by William Tucker, Derbyshire Lord Lieutenant, after she made it her mission to provide sport and ‘something to do’ for disabled people in the area, over the last 42 years.
She said: “It was lovely. I went along with my family to Matlock for the award.”
However, Mrs Horton, who runs swimming and football sessions for people with disabilities, did get to meet the Royal Family after she was given a Torch Trophy Trust award by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal to mark her decades of tireless voluntary work.
However, it is not the first time Mrs Horton has been recognised for her work – last year she became an Olympic torchbearer during the Derby to Nottingham leg of the Olympic relay.
Mrs Horton, who has a severely disabled son and disabled daughter with her husband Murray, is the club leader and secretary of CREST, which provides activities for its disabled members aged anywhere between 10 and into their 60s.
She has been the voluntary driver of disability sports provision in East Staffordshire for over four decades.