Arriva employee receives British Empire Medal
The head of operations for Arriva Manchester has been presented with a prestigious royal award in recognition of his charity work for the MS Trust.
Rick Halsall, who is based at Wythenshawe, was awarded with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for raising more than £53,000 for the charity over three years.
Inspired by his wife Carol, who has Multiple Sclerosis, Rick became involved in raising awareness for the illness in 2009 and was nominated by the charity after organising numerous fundraising activities.
Rick’s charity events include; trekking the Sahara, walking the Great Wall of China and following the Inca Trail through Peru, as well as organising multiple sponsored cycling trips including Coast to Coast, Blackpool to Paris, and walks supported by Arriva’s Walking Club.
Upon receiving his accolade, Rick said: “I was delighted to hear I’d been nominated for a BEM and could hardly believe it when I saw my name on the Birthday Honours List.
“Our fundraising events not only heighten awareness and raise well-needed funds, but also allow me to meet some truly inspirational people. Receiving the award has spurred me on to raise even more money for the Trust!”
In addition to receiving the BEM, Rick has received several awards for his work at Arriva including the Arriva Community Action Award in 2009 and a special commendation from the Merseyside Police in 2010 for his work towards helping cut crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport.
Phil Stone, managing director for Arriva North West, said: “Rick is a truly inspirational man dedicated to his family, a valuable member of the Arriva team and a fantastic ambassador for the bus industry.
“The Arriva team are incredibly proud of all his achievements and will continue to support his fundraising efforts.”
For more information about the MS Trust please visit www.mstrust.org.uk