Motivation MBE honour

PUBLISHED: 17:04 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

THE co-founder of a Backwell charity has been named on the New Year Honours List.

THE co-founder of a Backwell charity has been named on the New Year Honours List.

David Constantine will be made an MBE for his services to disabled people.

The 49-year-old of Redland, Bristol, co-founded Motivation in 1991 after he and his friend Simon Gue won a prize for a wheelchair design they created while studying at London's Royal College of Art.

With the prize money, David and Simon teamed up with Richard Frost before introducing their design to the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Bangladesh.

From then on the charity grew and Motivation's work spread to address the needs of all people with mobility disabilities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

David, who has also used a wheelchair since a diving accident in 1982, said: "When I got the letter saying I would get an MBE I was completely surprised - I had absolutely no idea.

"It must be due to how much Motivation has achieved.

"We founded the charity sort of by accident and then realised how huge the need is for wheelchairs around the world.


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