Charity picks up top award for its work

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A Northamptonshire charity, supported by motorcyclists around the world, has received a prestigious accolade for its work.

Riders for Health, based in Pitsford, has been named one of the world’s fifth most-effective, non-governmental organisations working in health by the Global Journal, in its list of the top 100 NGOs.

Riders for Health, the official charity for the MotoGP and the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), was recognised for its management of more than 1,400 motorcycles, ambulances and other vehicles used in the delivery of healthcare in seven countries across Africa.

Riders for Health’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Andrea Coleman, said: “I am very proud that Riders has been recognised in this list of incredible organisations.

“By naming Riders for Health among the top five in the health category, Global Journal has rightfully shown that transport is a vital part of health care. The hard work and commitment of our teams in Africa, and of our supporters around the world, is making a huge impact to the lives of millions of people in remote communities.”

The Global Journal also identified Riders for Health as having the seventh best innovation and placed the charity at number 31 in their overall list of the most effective organisations.

The ranking is the second edition of the Global Journal’s list of leading non-governmental organisations, for which the criteria is based on innovation, impact and sustainability.

It is the first time that Riders for Health has been listed.

Riders for Health’s system for managing vehicles in rural communities was developed by its co-founder and executive director, Barry Coleman. He said: “Managing vehicles so they don’t break down is systematic. It can be done anywhere in the world whatever the conditions. There should be no excuses for vehicles breaking down in Africa because when it isn’t done, the billions of dollars the world spends on health care do not reach the people who need it.’ For details about the charity, visit