NICK Skelton has been appointed honorary ambassador for disabled people’s charity Revitalise.
The Olympic gold medal winning showjumper, who lives near Alcester, will champion the charity which provides holidays for disabled people and carers.
Nick won individual gold at the Rio 2016 games having picked up a team gold in London 2012 – both after overcoming a broken neck which threatened to end his riding career in 2000.
Nick said: “I fully support Revitalise’s mission to provide much-needed respite holidays for disabled people and carers. I was also very interested to hear that Revitalise supports people who are recovering from spinal injuries at its Sandpipers centre, since this is an issue that’s very close to my heart.”
Revitalise is a national charity based at three centres in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport, with 24-hour nurse-led care on-call, personal support and a range of accessible excursions, activities and entertainment.
Revitalise Chief Executive Chris Simmonds said: “Nick’s incredible sporting career certainly attracted our attention, but what really stood out for us was his amazing recovery from a broken neck which could very easily have ended his career.
“For this indomitable spirit and all the good work he does behind the scenes for the rehabilitation of injured equestrians, we felt Nick was a really obvious choice for us.”