Dedicated to helping others

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ARTHUR Ledgard has died at the age of 85.

Mr Ledgard, MBE, was dedicated, hard-working and was very proud of what he achived in life, according to his wife, Margaret.

He spent years helping to improve life for disabled people and was honoured by the Queen in 1996 for his services for disabled motorists.

“Everything we did we did together,” said Mrs Ledgard. “Personally he was very proud of his family and they were very proud of him. He worked very hard for the disabled. He would do anything for anyone. He was generally a very helpful man.”

Mr Ledgard was a former engineer who had a massive say in helping design cars and other vehicles for disabled people.

He was brought up in Mirfield but moved to Brighouse in 13 years ago.

Mr Ledgard did his National Service in the Army and served as a clerk in India.

He had problems with his heart all his life and, indeed, was one of the first to have a pacemaker fitted more than 40 years ago.

But despite his health he was able to forge a successful career as an engineer working at Heaton Valves in Brighouse, and later at T W Broadbents in Huddersfield.

He retired early due to ill health but decided to divert his energies to helping disabled people. “He was very passionate about getting them on the road,” said Mrs Ledgard. “He used to do what he could and tackle what he could. He was very strong minded. If it was within his ability to do he would do it. He was a well liked man.”