Pedal People, a small local charity with a volunteer-led service based in Brighton & Hove, has been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The award is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities.
“This award pays tribute to our 50 volunteers, and the 400 volunteers who have given their time to Cycle-Pilot rides for Elders living in care here over the six years of Pedal People,” says Elly Hargreave, Captain at the Pedal People charity.
“We warmly thank our local community for their support. A very small charity with just two staff, funding to support our work is a constant, huge challenge.
“This award recognises that volunteers’ commitment make these life-enhancing rides possible.”
Pedal People representatives will receive the award and two volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2024.
The charity offers weekly elder care rides from care homes as well as all age accessible rides for those with disabilities or health challenges.
Nosi, manager at Fairdene Dementia Specialist Care Home, said of the charity: “Pedal People have enhanced our residents’ lives drastically. They really benefit from getting out in the fresh air and we greatly believe Pedal People has helped with all of the above on a large scale. Residents come back refreshed and calm.”
Read more about Pedal Peoples’ unique and trailblazing attributes here
Read about one of their participants Noah Rees here.