A woman who founded the Moira branch of the Riding Disabled Association has been awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours list,
Regional Chairperson, Julie Jordan, began her volunteering with the Moy group and in the 1980s was asked to set up another group in our local area. She founded the Banbridge and Moira Group and they are still one of the association’s most successful groups. Julie took up Regional Committee roles and fulfilled them all with enthusiasm and gusto and a few years ago she began her term as Regional Chairperson. Under her direction, the region has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most successful within the whole of the UK and Ireland. So it didn’t take long for National Office in Warwick to see how valuable an asset she is and she has now accepted the role of National Trustee, overseeing many of the activities taken on by RDA groups throughout the whole of the UK.
A spokesperson for the RDA said: “Without volunteers like Julie, willing to give that extra something and spend long hours on the red tape and technical minutae, no charity could ever get off the ground. She has always gone above and beyond and we are all thrilled that she has finally been recognised for all of her hard work.”