The chief executive of a Harrogate disability charity has accepted ‘royal recognition’ on behalf of the organisation that she leads.

Jackie Snape from Disability Action Yorkshire – which runs a residential home, training centre and second-hand furniture enterprise in the town – was presented with the Duke of York Community Initiative Award by HRH Prince Andrew himself.

Royal recognition for disability charity

The honour lasts for five years and recognises community projects based in Yorkshire that are of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.

Disability Action Yorkshire was one of 50 organisations from across the whole region to have been recognised for their work in their communities.

Kevin Sharp, chair of the DOYCI Management Board, said:

“Once again it was our pleasure to join HRH The Duke of York in recognising the fantastic work of Disability Action Yorkshire in their community.

“In one way or another each and every one of them enhance the lives of the people they serve, and we are glad to be welcoming another into the DOYCI family.”

Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive, said:

“It was an honour to receive this award on behalf of the charity’s members, customers, staff and volunteers.

“We are very proud of our achievements spanning the last eight decades, and this award is a testimony to the continued hard work of employees, trustees and volunteers alike.”

Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire is available from its website,