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Apr 16, 2019

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 9 recipients in a ceremony at Oldham Town Hall on 16th April 2019. The Mayors from all the recipients' home towns also attended the ceremony.
The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Lord-Lieutenant said "Today I am particularly privileged to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf, the British Empire Medal. The award reflects that there are so many people who are prepared to go the extra mile to support the communities in which they live or work. Today’s Medal recipients are true representatives of those who dedicate themselves to the communities of Greater Manchester."
Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience.


For over 30 years Ida has contributed to the life and welfare of the people of Oldham. She retired in the 1980s and decided to join a walking club but the local club was not accepting new members.
Undeterred, in 1986 she started the Wednesday Walkers Club for other likeminded people. As founder she organised and led all the walks for the first 9 years. This enabled the early members, who had no map reading skills and little knowledge of the local footpaths to safely enjoy being outdoors and making new friends. From just one weekly walk there are now four walks of various lengths and an additional 'amblers walk' running from spring to autumn.
Under her leadership the club, which started with 10 members has now grown to over 230, nearly all of whom are retirees. It is not just a walking club; she has created a social and learning environment as it also organises regular events including lunches, trips away and courses on first aid, Heartstart, Leadership Skills, Compass and Map Reading and also offers Pastoral Care. Any excess funds raised are donated annually to various related charities such as the air ambulance, RNLI and mountain rescue.
Ida goes above and beyond the call of duty as the founder of the club. She regularly checks on the welfare of members contacting them should they be unable to join a walk. She is an inspirational volunteer and heartbeat of the club.


Dorothy is an active member of the Rochdale community. Her chosen career was teaching, eventually becoming Headteacher at the All Souls C of E Primary School. During that time she influenced the lives of many of her pupils, especially those in need. The school was an old run-down Victorian building and she campaigned tirelessly for a modern fit for purpose building then planned and led the entire move, whilst continuing to teach. The new school opened in 1990 with an official opening by the Duchess of Gloucester in 1991. Whilst there Dorothy became involved with Rochdale Childer, a charity that helps relieve the effects of child poverty.
Retiring from teaching in the early 90's she continues to fundraise for the charity. She is fully involved in all aspects of their work, assisting in preparing and running fund raising events for organisations such as St Vincent De Pauls family service workers and the Rochdale Youth Orchestra. She also frequently turns up on the doorsteps of families in hardship, delivering items such as bedding, clothes and Christmas presents, often at her own expense.
She is an extremely valued member of the committee and actively promotes the Rochdale Childer Award, where schools award the most deserving child each year.
Dorothy is also an active committee member for The Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust, a charity that provides assistance for local young people.
Never failing in her support Dorothy is an incredible asset to the young people of Rochdale.


Kate was the Head of the Executive Office at Manchester City Council at the time of the Arena bomb. She had no role in emergency planning or response yet proactively took responsibility and made things happen when it was most needed. Whilst many Council staff worked on the vigil, memorial and anniversary events without Kate's drive, leadership and persistence they simply would not have happened.
She brought together Council staff to organise the vigil for the following day and did not go home or sleep for at least 24hrs. Everything required for the vigil was arranged by Kate at a time when Council staff, partners and the community were all in shock.
Over the coming months whilst she supported the creation of the Memorials Advisory Group. Once again, she was the "behind the scenes" leader who organised the effective consultation process bringing the 22 bereaved families from across the country and experts to support them.
Finally she was responsible for the overall organisation of the one year anniversary. She recognised that many people may not want to return to the city, or may not be able to and organised the commemoration service to be live streamed in York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Her work ensured that the service was appropriate for all faiths and none. Kate also ensured private viewings for the families of the archive, coordinated the bell ringing at 10.31pm exactly one year after the blast and coordinated the 'Manchester Together: with one voice' event.
Kate was an unsung heroine central to Manchester’s recovery.


Lewis is a Police Community Support Officer and was on patrol at Manchester Victoria station, adjacent to the Manchester Arena, during the evening on 22 May 2017. On that date he had just 6 weeks service as a PCSO. When the explosion occurred he immediately ran towards the explosion without knowing the cause or what danger was present. Along with 3 colleagues they were the first officers on scene. People were running past him in panic, screaming, crying, with many injured and covered in blood. He entered the foyer within one minute of the explosion and was faced with a scene of utter devastation.
Lewis knew then that a bomb had exploded but despite his short length of service and immediate danger his instinct was to save lives and help people and he ran into the site of the explosion to help others. He exemplified exceptional resilience in assisting the severely injured and the dying whilst working under intense pressure in a hostile and extremely distressing environment. During the course of the evening he provided support and comfort to many of the survivors and made every effort to protect the dignity of the deceased and injured by using makeshift robes to cover them. He then helped carry casualties downstairs to a triage area so they could be treated by paramedics. In the greatest traditions of the police service, Lewis put the safety and wellbeing of members of the public well ahead of any concerns of his own safety.


Anthony is a fantastic ambassador for the promotion of sport, particularly for disabled people. He set two world records at the 1984 New York Paralympic Games in Javelin and Indian Club and still holds the world record for the Indian Club throw. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he won a total of 38 international medals.

His contribution and dedication to disabled sport for the UK is unquestionable. He is a role model for many young people with disabilities visiting schools around the country giving talks and presentations about his career, inspiring them to achieve despite their disabilities.

He is a patron of the Bolton Society for Blind People, promoting their service and assisting their fundraising efforts. He assists at each Bolton Mayor's charity events helping to boost their charitable funds. He actively promotes Fairtrade products helping farmers and farm workers in some of the poorest countries in the world; earn a decent wage whilst promoting Bolton as a Fairtrade town.

He was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Bolton Sports Awards in 2006 and in 2010 his face was added to the Bolton Council 'Spirit of Sport' statue which stands outside of Bolton Wanderer's football stadium. He showcased the training equipment at the opening of the Bolton One' health and sports facility when opened by The Princess Royal in 2013 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his Sporting and Community achievements by the University of Bolton in 2015.

Anthony is an absolutely inspirational Sport's Ambassador.


David founded 'Oldham Theatre' in 1968, offering young people in the North West of England free access to his drama workshops. Notably, this was at a time and climate when communities were devoid of any similar experiences. In the subsequent years, he earned national and international recognition for his teaching methods producing generations of actors to noteworthy acclaim within our British theatres and TV screens.
He was a pioneer when he set up 'The Oldham Theatre Workshop', the largest of its kind in the North West. It was the first theatre to provide free entry to afford the local youth the experience of drama at no cost. He developed this to become Europe's largest Young People's Theatre Company tirelessly providing his personal services and access to the workshop for 50 weeks of the year. Each year he put together a minimum of five major fully-staged productions, with casts ranging from 40-600, playing locally and throughout Britain.
It is rare that young people from lower social-economic background and with no level of acting ability are able to attend a scheme like the Oldham Theatre workshop for free, thus it is because of him that so many went on to showcase their talent on British TV. He is the only Young People's Theatre Director to have had three specialised documentary features devoted to his work, and this is credit to his outstanding work, promoting the talent and supporting young people over many decades.


Susan has been at the forefront of supporting Beaver Scout Colonies since they were established in 1983 and has been vital in sustaining engagement among young people with the organisation in the Prestwich area. She became a voluntary leader of the Beaver Scout Colony in Prestwich shortly after it was formed in 1983 and has continued to act as a leader ever since.

During decades of service she particularly stepped up when other voluntary leaders were absent, keeping the youth programmes running, constantly devoting extra hours of her time. She has shown great determination in ensuring activities are varied, inclusive and designed to strengthen the confidence of young people, ranging from outdoor play to demonstrations from local police, fire brigade or guide dogs associations and day trips for pantomime visits for up to 200 people. In addition to this she supports the association with administrative tasks and necessary paperwork on two evenings a week, which has been crucial for maintaining the club.

Waiting lists to join the group continuing to remain high, and through her interpersonal skills and care she has also encouraged many parents to support the local Scouting association in the capacity of assistants, particularly helping to fill gaps at a time when many leaders had left their roles. In 2000 she was recognised by the Scouts with a Medal of Merit.

She is a figurehead of the community, with no other Scouting leader in the area offering her level of support, management and commitment.


Throughout his working life Jon has evidenced a very clear determination and dedication to serving the public. He served in the Royal Navy and during his 22 years’ service he was deployed to many parts of the world during extremely troubled times. Subsequently as a Police Community Support Officer he has carried out his role with a focus on helping the general public, victims of crime and the vulnerable in our society. The level of service he has provided to the public ranged from his response to the terrorist attack at Manchester to providing reassurance to the travelling public or helping the infirm or elderly as they travel on the rail, network.

On the night of the terrorist attack he was tutoring a newly deployed PCSO, a role he relished, helping those new in service to develop in knowledge and confidence. He was on patrol at Manchester Victoria station, which is directly adjacent to the Arena, when the explosion occurred. He immediately ran towards it without knowing the cause or what danger was present. He entered the foyer within one minute of the explosion and was faced with a scene of utter devastation. Despite the immediate danger his instinct was to save lives and help people. He exemplified exceptional resilience by assisting the severely injured and the dying whilst working under intense pressure in a hostile and extremely distressing environment.

Throughout his careers in the services Jon has shown great bravery and compassion.


Jared is an exemplary Special Police Sergeant and a winner of a Greater Manchester Police Citizens In Policing Award recognising his incredible commitment. Along with 10 personal arrests, he contributed 572 hours of voluntary policing to an operation targeting organised criminality in Oldham leading to a substantial number of cash, drug and vehicle seizures. He has also made a significant contribution to the reduction of crime and disorder associated with the night time economy providing much needed support to licensees and Pub Watch. He contributes a huge number of voluntary policing hours yearly and has an exceptional arrest rate.

On 22nd May 2017, he was off duty in Manchester when the Arena bomb exploded. He hurried to the scene and assisted a paramedic treating a victim suffering from horrific injuries; she survived. He then provided first aid and comfort to a number of victims, playing songs on a mobile phone to reassure one victim asking her to sing with him to prevent her slipping into unconsciousness. When enough paramedics were at the scene he went to nearby premises bringing back as many bottles of water that he could carry for those who needed it. He showed absolute focus and dedication remaining throughout the night. The following morning he paraded for duty assisting the reception team at the mortuary, whilst co-ordinating the duties for his team throughout a 16 hour shift.

Jared is a brave, compassionate and committed volunteer respected by all who work with him.

During the service the recipients and guests were entertained by The Youth Brass Band from Oldham Council Music Service. They played a selection of music superbly before and after the investiture ceremony and the National Anthem after the arrival of The Lord-Lieutenant and the Worshipful Mayors of each borough. They really helped to mark the occasion.

Feb 11, 2019

I was first commissioned as a DL in 1999 and now, having reached the age where I transfer to the Retired List, I can reflect on what has been a most uplifting and rewarding experience.

 During my time I have made many friendships not only within the Lieutenancy, but across the wider community in the County, both in the professional and charitable sectors and I hope these will continue well into the future.

 It has been an honour to represent the Lord Lieutenant at numerous ceremonies and events and in particular, my involvement in the local Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, that marked the anniversaries of the accession of Her Majesty to the throne.

 I have been particularly delighted to see how the Lieutenancy has become more closely involved with many of our charitable organisations and recognising the excellent work that they perform, by the record number of national awards that have been achieved. I never fail to be amazed at the tremendous efforts and dedication made by so many volunteers, whose work enriches our society and without whom we would be far poorer.

 Having spent 40 years in the Fire Service, the last 20 of which were as a Principal Officer in Greater Manchester, I became acutely aware of the many socio-economic problems in the County, as there is a direct relationship with these and the causes of fire, in the same way as there is with crime.

 Given this, I was involved with pioneering a number of significant community based initiatives to reduce the number of fires and the distress they cause, which have since been developed and resulted in a major reduction of fire related incidents, by as much as 50% in some areas. Since my retirement from the Service, the Lieutenancy has enabled me to continue my commitment to the community by being involved with a number of significant initiatives.

 In 2012, I was privileged to be granted the Office of High Sheriff and during my year I was not only able to witness the work of the judiciary at Crown Court, Coroner and Magistrate levels and support many organisations involved with crime prevention, but also help a number of other worthwhile community activities. This proved to be the highlight of my time as a DL and I look back on it with pride and satisfaction.

(The picture was taken in the Council Chamber at Bolton Town Hall at my Commissioning as High 2012. L to R. My wife, Elizabeth, me, The Mayor of Bolton Cllr. Noel Spencer and Mayoress Mrs Alice Spencer.) 

 However, none of my work for the Lieutenancy or the community would have been possible without the support of my colleagues in the Lieutenancy, but in particular my wife, Elizabeth, whose support throughout has been generous and unstinting.

Dec 5, 2018

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Paul Griffiths, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 2 recipients in a ceremony at The Monastery, Gorton, on the 5th December 2018. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant said " I am delighted to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf, the British Empire Medal to two such worthy recipients”

The Mayors from both the recipients' home towns, Councillors Walter Brett and Tom Ross also attended the ceremony, speaking very highly of both.

The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience of family and friends.


MAUREEN REILLY (Trafford Borough)

 Maureen has been the voluntary Chairperson of Lostock Community Partnership and Friends of Lostock Park, for more than a decade. The area was one of the most deprived areas in Trafford and, triggered by the closure of health services, the partnership was formed in 2002. It was awarded £409,000 from the Fairshare Lottery Scheme to help improve the area and in consultation with stakeholders, Maureen led the partnership's drive, through a 10-year strategic regeneration plan.

The former Library was renovated as a joint project with Trafford Council and is now a permanent base for the local scout group and available for other community groups.

Youth nuisance and relationships between younger and older generations was a problem. Maureen engaged with young people leading to the formation of Lostock Youth Forum, a major driver for intergenerational projects at the youth centre. This broke down social barriers and led to a reduction in youth crime and annoyance.

Her commitment to them was further demonstrated with the transformation of Lostock Park. She consulted at length with young people about what facilities were needed, involving them in the design of a now very popular skate bowl and enclosed play area. Maureen visited regularly and arranged training to use the skate bowl safely and organised competitions, which amongst other activities, have raised the young people's confidence and self-esteem.

Austerity measures proposed the closure of the local youth centre. Maureen led a long running campaign to ensure that the youth centre remained open and was successful in securing funding, safeguarding the provision of youth services and a base for other community groups. Her tireless lobbying has seen the opening of a health centre, dentist and retention of the library in the local college.

Maureen is an inspirational leader of the partnership who has made the community a better and safer place to live and work.



 Debbie is a hugely experienced nurse specialising in the care of cancer patients. During her extensive career she has been a Marie Curie Nurse and ran a palliative care cancer ward. Her many years of experience have enabled her to bring compassion, knowledge and leadership to her role as Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Her stewardship of the Centre has seen it expand the range of services and double the footfall since she came into post; a testament to the outstanding support she gives to her staff, colleagues, patients and their families. In 2010 The centre was awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark and in 2015 was named the Trust’s outstanding achievement award winner for exceptional patient care and service. Debbie was awarded the 2015 Macmillan Professional Excellence Awards’ Henry Garnett Award and the centre was runner up for Personalisation of Care and a finalist for Patient Experience.

Debbie has set up a unique social networking group, Macmillan Connections, which enables those who have had cancer treatment to register and ‘connect’ to others with shared interests. Over 25 organisations have joined providing help to people to access their facilities. She also introduced the Macmillan HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively) course at the Centre which cancer patients are considerably benefitting from. She is an active member of the Public and Patient Advisory Group which links into the South Manchester CCG where she listens to local and regional population needs and promotes the service provision.

In her spare time, Debbie works with other centres helping raise awareness of living with and surviving cancer. She trained to become a Grief Recovery Method Facilitator improving quality of care to people dealing with grief. In addition to this she continues to facilitate and organise fundraising events and has raised more than £65k for the Centre.

Debbie is completely dedicated to supporting those that have been affected by cancer and has had a huge positive impact on the community.


The Lieutenancy would like to thank The Monastery for their assistance in arranging the ceremony, for the use of the fantastic facilities and to the Worshipful Mayors of Trafford and Stockport for attending the event.

Oct 31, 2018

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 8 recipients in a ceremony in the Atrium at Wigan Town Hall on 31st October 2018. The Mayors from all the recipients' home towns also attended the ceremony.
The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Lord-Lieutenant said " Today I am particularly privileged to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf the British Empire Medal. Today’s Medal recipients are true representatives of those who dedicate themselves to the communities within which they live. As Lord-Lieutenant I have had the opportunity and privilege to meet many volunteers and voluntary organisations and I continue to be humbled as I see the contribution and sacrifices some people are prepared to make."
Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience.

Following retirement as School Secretary at the Sacred Heart Primary School in 1996, Joan became a volunteer Classroom Assistant. For 16 years she helped the teachers by hearing readers, organising craft activities and helping on school trips. Her help with the children made a huge difference enabling some children to get much needed 1-1 attention.
Joan has been an unpaid volunteer for the Wigan and Leigh Hospice for 19 years. As the receptionist, she is the first point of contact for patients, relatives and visitors. Her calm and welcoming manner is a source of comfort for everyone who meets her. She has the natural skill of being able to put everyone at their ease at what can be an extremely daunting time. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she will do her utmost to ensure that they are looked after. She has made a vast difference to the lives of many patients and relatives whilst also acting as an influential role model and support to newly recruited volunteer receptionists. She arranges the collection of donations to the hospice's 13 shops. These are much-needed funds and her efforts help in ensuring that the hospice does not lose out.
She has also been a member of the Parish Council for the last 20 years.
Joan is an invaluable asset to her community and her church.

Elizabeth is a dedicated member of the Leigh Community who is committed to working for the benefit of others particularly in the field of the arts and charitable services.
She is a volunteer at the Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club where she completes the club accounts, managing its banking and overseeing policy and governance using her considerable accounting and management skills.
She has been instrumental in establishing the Leigh Film Society which was launched at the Turnpike Centre and is now a Queens Award for Voluntary Service winner. She initially secured funding from local councillors to set up and subsequently obtained lottery funding for additional equipment and to allow for larger capacity audiences.
Trust in Leigh, a charitable organisation that enables and co-ordinates social enterprise approached her to lead the sub group, CreativeLEIGH. Starting from a blank piece of paper and an empty space at the Turnpike, the goal was a for a new arts centre. Local artists were invited to display their work and drama and dance groups were established. An adult and young person's community choir was also formed. She was instrumental in the Turnpike Community Theatre Group moving to the space resulting in capacity audiences at all its performances. She is now a Trustee of the group.
Without her huge voluntary contribution none of this would have been possible.

Leslie has made a significant difference over five decades to the care of Older People in the Jewish community. He initially went into the family horology business as a watchmaker, learning his trade from Swiss Watchmakers and Dealers and has now expanded the family business into one of the major suppliers of timepieces in the UK. He is known as a man of the highest integrity and ethics and when the company expanded he ensured that a percentage of the profits were donated to local charities. He also created employment locally making a huge difference in the Oldham area.
He has had a significant voluntary involvement with Heathlands' Care Village where he remains an active board member. He became a stalwart volunteer and despite being a hard-working businessman, running a significantly large organisation, he has visited the home almost every day from the 1980s onwards. Motivated by his desire to provide the best standard of care possible for the aged, he showed the foresight and courage to lead on a complex merger strategy between the Care Village and the Manchester Jewish Federation. The merger was in fact crucial to the long-term visibility of both organisations in the current socio-economic climate and without him it simply would not have happened.
He is a wonderful example of commitment and passion and truly contributes to society.

During the last 50 years Sandra has held numerous voluntary positions.
She set up the Manchester branch of the National Childbirth Trust and was successful in enabling fathers to be present at the birth at a time when this was not the norm. As a member of Burton House Cottage Trust she ensured disadvantaged people benefitted from spending time at a holiday cottage in Wales and given financial help as required. Over 6000 people have benefitted from this.
Whilst a member of the Manchester Airport Consultative Committee, she managed to secure better seating areas, mobile phone charge points and information points among many other successes. She is also a representative of the Airport User Advisory Group advising on the current rebuild.
As a Justice of the Peace she was involved in the Family and Adult Courts and chaired the Training and Development Committee implementing cross bench training and development.
Whilst at the Citizens' Advice Bureau she introduced long service certificates to recognise and reward volunteers and secured funding to improve the building so that there was more space for interviews to take place.
As Chair of the Patient Services and the Women and Children's Health Committee she helped improve women’s services within health centres, clinics and hospitals through the provision of a better patient appointments system.
Sandra’s voluntary contribution to these services is truly outstanding.

Since 1987 Ruxmani has volunteered at the Shree Krishna Temple, rising to become president, the first woman to hold this position. The Temple is prominent in the UK and serves over 2000 Hindu members. However, her prestigious and busy role does not prevent her from being involved in a wide variety of activities, often managing the temple kitchen where food is cooked for up to 600 people 40 times a year. She leads the Bolton Hindu Forum's sub¬group for 'Women Together', has been involved as an ambassador for ‘Ambition for Ageing’ with the Citizen Volunteer Service and represents the Bolton Hindu Forum at The University of Bolton's Diversity Day.
She has a determination and passion for community work, helping and supporting numerous organisations to raise money for charity. She has volunteered for many different organisations and causes such as the Blue Peter Well Project, Age Concern UK, the Gujarat Earthquake appeal, Coronary Care Appeal and the Nepal Earthquake.
She is a role model for young people and is passionate about ensuring that her culture is passed down to younger generations by helping run Gujarati classes for children at the temple. She makes a difference to people's quality of life, supporting the elderly and visiting hospice patients.
Ruxmani is an outstanding and driven individual who has dedicated most of her life to volunteering and helping others.

Twenty years ago Ralph received a letter addressed to him at the ‘Notorious Racecourse Estate, Sale’. Since then he has worked tirelessly to remove the stigma and restore pride in the area.
In 2007 he established the Sale West and Ashton Partnership (SWAP), bringing together relevant agencies and stakeholders to take an organised approach to improve the area. Under his leadership the number of residents claiming unemployment benefit has dropped significantly and levels of satisfaction as a place to live have notably grown. There is a lack of crime, positive press publicity and a growing waiting list for properties. SWAP is now hailed as a model of good practice in community cohesion by professionals in the field.
In 2011, Ralph fought off competition to secure £1 million of National Lottery Local Trust Funding and Sale West is now one of the Big Local areas across England and he became the founding chair of the Board. He initiated annual polling days to collect residents’ views about life on the estate and this innovative idea is now widely used across other Big Local areas. Subsequently Big Local selected him as one of the first chairs in their national ambassador programme and he instigated the formation of a North West Regional Big Local Chairs' Group to share best practice and a common vision.
Ralph is a shining example of a community leader.

Kevin leads and inspires a group of friends who enjoy an 'eccentric' hobby and fundraise at the same time. He has been Chairman of Hyde Fundraisers for over 33 years, raising over £1 million for charities at both a local and national level. These include Children in Need, Willow Wood Hospice, Children's Heart Unit Fund, the Royal United Hospital Bath, Mencap, and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.
Hyde Fundraisers has fun at its heart. Members dress up as sci-fi and popular fiction characters such as Daleks, creating their own costumes some of which take up to three months to make. For over a decade the community looks forward to the annual 'Dalek Invasion' of Hyde town centre which raises funds for a variety of charities in need and boosts the local economy by noticeably increasing footfall in the town centre. The event has become so popular that Kevin has worked with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council to create a two-day weekend festival to fundraise on an annual basis.
He has forged links with widely recognised organisations such as the BBC and Cineworld in order to raise the profile of Hyde. Kevin has also written and hosted stage shows at the local Hippodrome; ‘The Trial of Davros’, a show written by him, raised £7,500 alone.
Kevin is a dedicated fundraiser with the emphasis definitely on the word fun.

Since 2006, Cecilia has provided continuous one to one mentor support for some of the most vulnerable and at risk young people at Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
Examples are plentiful including supporting a young pregnant mentee, subsequently becoming Godparent to her child and becoming an integral part of their lives. She supported a girl through college who had been in the care system and had experienced significant difficulties in her life and mentored a boy from a dysfunctional family, providing structure by encouraging him to join Bolton Harriers as a runner; a sport close to her heart.
Cecilia ran the London Marathon raising £652 for the Lads and Girls Club and raised over £3000 for Bolton Hospice by running marathons, fun runs and by taking part in the Midnight Walk. She completed the 3 Peaks Challenge for the British Heart Foundation, organised a country ramble for Children in Need and is a regular volunteer for Parkrun which offers free, weekly 5km runs in the local community. In addition to all this she organises a yearly cake sale for MacMillan.
Cecilia also found the time to help a friend who lived abroad, whose elderly father had no other relatives in Bolton. Over a 3 year period she did his shopping, prepared meals and kept him company until he sadly passed away.
Cecilia is an exceptional, committed volunteer and fundraiser.

During the ceremony the audience and recipients were entertained by a group of students from The Wigan Music Service who were absolutely fabulous throughout and helped make the occasion.

The Lieutenancy would like to thank Wigan Council for their assistance in arranging the ceremony, for the use of the fantastic facilities and to the Worshipful Mayor of Wigan for hosting the event.

Sep 28, 2018

EAM House based in Partington, Trafford held a community event to join in ‘The World's Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 28th September in aid of  Macmillan’s charity fundraising for people facing cancer. Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL was delighted to be invited to attend the event.

EAM House is part of EAM Care Group and  is an 8 bedded home for young people with complex health needs. The home has its own gardens, which incorporates a sensory room, greenhouse and shaded area for the young people to enjoy, it is registered under Care Quality Commission providing 24-hour nursing care, respite care services and social care to young people. Also on the site is  EAM Lodge, Trafford, otherwise known "Number 46" which is a 5-bed nursing home offer residential and respite care for young people with complex health needs from 18 years.

The Photo to the right includes Abigail Hutchinson, Charlotte Mann , Founder MD Liz Marland, Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL , Clare Mcfarlane, and  young person Elizabeth, who lives at EAM.

Founder MD, Elizabeth Marland said; “ We believe that providing care is more than simply ‘looking after’ people, it is about involving them and their families in the decisions about the care they receive. We create an environment that combines high quality care with fun and enjoyment. “

During her visit Lorraine heard many comments from the public  on how lovely it was of EAM House to hold an event which was not for their own fundraising efforts but for a charity close to many people’s hearts.

EAM Care Group also provide EAM Lodge - Manchester is a 6-bed nursing home in Wythenshawe  and EAM Homecare provides families with care and support at home offering an alternative to residential and nursing home care.

The Photo to the left includes: Wendy Sookasian , Reverend  Andrew Knight of St Mary’s Church Partington, Nick Whimpanny MD of EAM, Lorraine Worsley Carter  MBE DL and young person James Ratcliffe.

Sep 12, 2018

Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL attended the opening of the Pankhurst Garden, led by Lord Mayor Councillor June Hitchen. The Garden, located at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, was designed by Janet Leigh to tell the story of the incredible women who won the vote, and was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign. The Garden also offers a therapeutic space for women and children who use Manchester Women’s Aid.

Featured in the picture is (left to right) Bex Shindler of the Pankhurst Trust; Janet Leigh, Pankhurst Garden designer; Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL; Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen and her Consort, Councillor Carmine Grimshaw.

Design of the space was based on Edwardian knot gardens, a term used to describe a formal garden laid out in an intricate design. The use of box hedging reflects the restrictions and confinements that women were living in and fighting against at the time of the suffragettes, while vibrant plants in the colours of purple, white and green depict the colours adopted by the women’s suffrage movement; purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope.

Red planting outside the parlour window symbolises the hardship, personal sacrifice and loss of life endured by the women who led the movement. Plant varieties with female names were also selected to remember some of the women who fought so hard for equality.

Lavender was donated to the garden in memory of Councillor Sheila Newman, who died in February 2018, by her Labour sisters.

Sep 11, 2018

Susan Craig JP DL was delighted to represent The Lord-Lieutenant at the Citizenship Ceremony at Sale Town Hall on 11th September. Along with The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Tom Ross, she welcomed 16 people as new UK citizens and gave them greetings from Her Majesty The Queen.

The ceremony, organised by the Register Office at the Town Hall was also attended by pupils from Wellfield Junior School, Sale. The pupils were there to help the new citizens feel very much welcome in Trafford and they really made the occasion. They were in great voice during the singing of The National Anthem and then they read a poem, The British (serves 60 million), by Benjamin Zephaniah. Afterwards they gave each of the 16 new citizens, along with The Mayor and Susan, a bookmark they had made, printed with the Union Jack. It was fantastic to see that pupils, from a school which advocates social and moral values and prepares pupils for life in modern Britain, were part of an event which does the same for our new citizens. The Headteacher Mr. Dutton, and in fact the whole school, must be very proud.

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation to apply for a British citizen passport, it also gives the applicant the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of their local community. As part of the process is the citizenship ceremony. The ceremony will usually take place close to where the applicant lives and is organised by the local council and are usually done in groups. The Register Offices do a great job in organising ceremonies which are dignified yet celebratory and the Lieutenancy is proud to be part of them across Greater Manchester.

Jul 18, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the deaths over the weekend of Major Edmund Gartside TD DL MA and Major John Abbott TD DL FCILT.

Major Gartside served in the Lancashire Fusiliers, commanding a TA company in Rochdale, and was a member of the Lancashire Area Council of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and a Director of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury.

He became a Deputy Lieutenant in 1990 retiring in 2008 and was The High Sheriff between 1995 and 1996.

Major Abbott completed National Service and then continued with an active career in the TA where he attained the rank of Major (Rtd). He maintained active interest and was the past Chairman, East Cheshire Committee of the Army Benevolent Fund and President, Manchester Branch, of The Royal Army Service Corps.

He became a Deputy Lieutenant in 1993 retiring in 2014 and was The High Sheriff between 2000 and 2001.

May 10, 2018

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J.Smith, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 5 worthy recipients in a ceremony at Bury Town Hall on 10th May 2018. The Mayors from all the recipients' home towns also attended the ceremony. 

The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Lord-Lieutenant said "These people demonstrate the wonderful variety of volunteering opportunities that exist in our country and the personal commitment made to sections of the community that makes a real difference to the lives of others."

Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience.

Sandra Bradshaw

Sandra is dedicated to serving her community. She currently works at her local school as a higher learning teaching assistant and in 2013 she received the long service award in recognition of her 25 years’ service from Manchester City Council. She has been a parishioner and church warden for over 37 years organising carol singing, helping to organise the Sunday school and youth clubs and invests a great deal of time and effort into annual fundraising for Christian Aid. She is President of the Mother's Union Archdeaconry for Manchester and since 2011 has visited numerous churches delivering presentations as their ambassador.

Since 2004 she has helped to promote the St George celebrations in Manchester and she has been the Secretary of the St George Festival since 2010. She has shown determination and drive which has helped the festival become a regular event on the Manchester calendar.

She also previously volunteered as Club Secretary for the Falcon Utd Amateur Football Club. Although the club had very limited funds, it managed to run for 22 years and she was recognised for her achievement by winning Secretary of the Year.

Sandra has shown a strong level of dedication over several decades by supporting the youth, the local community and national charities.

Roselyn Hirst

Ros commenced her employment at Manchester Royal Infirmary on 6th June 1966 with no loss of service since and has committed her entire career, since qualification in 1968, to the Cardiology department at Manchester Royal Infirmary, latterly as Chief Pacing Physiologist. She has been a leader of new innovations and expansion of the pacing service throughout this time, supporting many staff with training and enhancing their knowledge and skills.

The affection she is held in by the patients is what stands her out. Each patient is made special by Ros and her knowledge of each of them is encyclopaedic. She takes absolute pride in her work getting to know her patients and their families and understands how they wish to be treated ensuring all needs are sensitively met.

Doctors and physiologists from all over the UK regularly contact Ros for professional advice, advice which she is always happy to give.

Ros truly lives the core values of the organisation which is PRIDE, RESPECT, EMPATHY, CONSIDERATION, COMPASSION and DIGNITY

Her dedication, drive and commitment to her role of chief pacing physiologist indicates to everyone that encounters her that she is a very special, and unique lady.

James Hurst

If anyone epitomises the word altruistic it has got to be Jim. His years of unswerving commitment to fundraising have changed the lives of countless people. He has been a prominent fundraiser for the Ramsbottom Rotary Club and worked tirelessly with Father Wyatt of St Paul's Salford, doing unpaid voluntary work including driving, collecting unwanted furniture to redistribute and organising and facilitating fund raising activities raising £1,000's for worthy causes.

He has led a group of youths distributing goods, bought through his fundraising, across Eastern Europe and to Sri Lanka helping numerous causes along the way. He also spends a considerable amount of his own time visiting and supporting the lona Community, carrying out unpaid work maintaining the Abbey and residential centres in readiness for individuals and groups to use.

He is a lay preacher in his local church, the Greenmount United Reform Church and there he helps serve the young people in his local community, advocating and helping them become involved in the Prince's Trust.

His altruistic nature is also evident in the way he fulfils his role within HMRC. He is passionate about getting Tax Credit payments right for every single customer he deals with and he has received many letters of thanks from customers in recognition of his support

Jim is an inspiration to those around him, both in the workplace and in his local community.

Janice Moss

Janice has been passionately supporting The Christie Charity, for almost twenty years, raising funds, which provide additional patient services and vital research, above and beyond what the NHS can administer.

Soon after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Janice, a married mother of two decided that she wanted to give something back to the hospital where she was successfully treated. She is now the chair of the local group she joined nearly 20 years ago- The Altrincham and Sale fundraising Group- as well as a volunteer at the hospital and The Christie Charity Partner Governor.

As chair of the fundraising group, Janice has seen it raise more than £700,000 contributing to many projects including a research room in the new proton beam therapy centre due to open in 2018.

Janice's work and support for the charity and hospital ranges from bucket collections in town centres, doing volunteer administration work at the Trust and serving teas for patients and their families in the hospital tea bar. She is the driving force behind a number of hugely successful fundraising schemes some of which have continued for more than 10 years.

Her tireless work and commitment has benefited many cancer patients. She is an outstanding and "unstoppable" fundraiser.

Jane Owen

As a Train Running Controller, Jane secures the smooth operation of a section of Network Rail's LNW Route (which includes the West Coast Main Line, one of Europe's busiest railways) monitoring train performance on the network, she uses her skills to optimise train running to deliver the timetable in collaboration with Network Rail's signallers and the Train Operating Companies. In addition to delivering on such a stressful job Jane has worked tirelessly for the LGBT community for over seven years, specifically dedicating much of her free time and energy to improving awareness of the needs of transgender people. Working within Network Rail she has supported it as it becomes a more inclusive environment for transgender employees.

She was until recently Chair of the Board of Trustees of SPARKLE, the national transgender charity and in this role, she was a critical leader in organising the Sparkle Weekend celebration in July of each year. This weekend is the largest celebration event to actively promote Trans awareness in the UK. Her work also extended year-round to supporting the trans community, representing the charity at other events throughout the year such as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR).

Through her leadership and work at SPARKLE she has actively contributed to supporting the positive representation of Trans people in the UK and worldwide. She is an inspiring person who has undoubtedly impacted many lives for the better.

Prior to the ceremony and afterwards a band from Hazlehurst Primary School played in support of the ceremony and entertained the audience. Everyone who attended thought the band were extremely professional and helped mark the occasion. The band throroughly enjoyed the afternoon and got to meet the recipients and dignatories.

Mar 19, 2018

Salford’s Proud and Loud Arts, formed in 2000, is a disability-led theatre company creating performances with fun and energy using their own ideas, experiences and imagination. The main aim of their work is to create performances which express the views of people with disabilities and to raise awareness of disability. They achieve this by creating innovative and thought provoking performances from the perspectives of artists living with disability labels.

They are raising funds to have a permanent base in Salford. The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Cllr Peter Connor, welcomed some of the Proud and Loud team to the Mayor’s Parlour where he and Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL received 2 cheques on their behalf from, Rosamund Gregson, of Santander.
L-R Lorraine Worsley Carter. Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Cllr Peter Connor, artists Janet, Michael and Kelly, with Rosamund Gregson – Santander and producer Tom Hogan.

Mar 8, 2018

The Lord-Lieutenant and Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL both recently visited the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester. The Lord-Lieutenant attended to present a well deserved £10,000 from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and Manchester Guardian Society to assist with the renovation project. Lorraine attended at the Pankhurst Museum at The Pankhurst Centre to become a Friend (Pictured).

The Pankhurst Centre stands at 60-62 Nelson Street in Manchester, it is where Emmeline Pankhurst and her family lived and formed the Women’s Social and Political Union, (WSPU). The Centre is a fitting reminder of the Suffragette movement. 

 As a women’s community centre it provides and offers space for activities and events run by women, for women. It offers a unique place in which women can learn together, work on projects and socialise. It is a vibrant centre that hosts a number of women’s organisations and projects that support women, thus continuing the struggle that the Suffragettes began, fighting for women’s rights, all those years ago.

 By 1908 all the Pankhursts had moved to London to be at the centre of the growing campaign and by 1979 the houses had fallen into disrepair and permission was sought to demolish both 60 and 62 Nelson Street. This produced a storm of protest and the request was rejected and the houses leased to the Pankhurst Trust. The trust was established to restore the buildings and put them back into public use. Through extensive fundraising the Trust raised the half a million pounds required to carry out the project.

 In 1984 the restoration work started. Progress was slow as labour was recruited through Community Programme Schemes to ensure that women were employed on the site.

 The Centre was opened by Helen Pankhurst and Barbara Castle on 11th October 1987: the anniversary of the first meeting of the Suffragettes in 1903.

 For more information about the centre and to find out how you could become a friend please visit

Feb 2, 2018

Rochdale Town Hall is a Victorian-era municipal building in Rochdale town centre. It is recognised as being one of the finest municipal buildings in the country known for its unique and detailed architecture and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The Town Hall functions as the ceremonial headquarters of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and houses some local government departments, including the borough's civil registration office.

Although the majority of local government functions take place in Rochdale's Municipal Offices building, Rochdale Town Hall continues to be used for cultural and ceremonial functions. For instance it is used for the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale's mayoralty, civil registry and for formal naturalisation in British Citizenship ceremonies.

The Friends of Rochdale Town Hall (FoRTH) are a group of volunteers who raise funds to help pay for some of the upkeep which otherwise the council could not afford. The group, who are all people who are very fond of the building, have raised funds to do anything from restoring paintings to providing welcome mats for the entrances.

On 2nd February the group held a fundraising dinner at the Town Hall to raise further funds. Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP DL attended on behalf of The Lord-Lieutenant and is pictured with the group’s Patron, Sir David Trippier and his wife and The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, Councillor Ian and Mrs Christine Duckworth.

Jan 23, 2018

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation to apply for a British citizen passport, it also gives the applicant the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of their local community. As part of the process there is a citizenship ceremony. The ceremony will usually take place close to where the applicant lives and is organised by the local council and are usually done in groups. The ceremonies are dignified yet celebratory and the Lieutenancy is proud to be part of them across Greater Manchester.

At the ceremonies a Deputy Lieutenant attends and brings greetings to the attendees from The Queen. Each ceremony gives the opportunity to get to know the applicants a little better and to hear their stories. At a recent ceremony in Salford, attended by Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL, one of the applicants, Ms Alhumaidi and her mother had handmade and decorated a box on which they had put the words from the first verse of the National Anthem and she filled this with all sorts of confectionery from her homeland of Saudi Arabia. This added a little extra to this ceremony and was welcomed by Salford Registry Team, The Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Peter Connor and Lorraine.

Nov 9, 2017

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J.Smith, presented The British Empire Medal to eight deserving unsung heroes in a ceremony at Salford Civic Centre on Thursday 9th November 2017.

Friends and family of the recipients also attended the ceremony to celebrate their achivements. A quartet from Cadishead Brass Band also attended to play for the audience beforehand and to play the national anthem during the ceremony and they helped make the occasion.

The Lord-Lieutenant, said:  “Every citizen of this nation should be proud to celebrate the enormous contribution made by each of those who received the award at the ceremony is Salford. They are all from different backgrounds and demonstrate the personal commitment that makes a difference to the lives of others".

Councillor Peter Connor, the ceremonial mayor of Salford, said:  “It is fantastic to be able to publically celebrate the efforts of these inspirational community minded individuals. “They all have a passion to give something back and it is quite right that they are awarded for their dedication and hard work.”

Reginald John Bailes has run his local football club for over 21 years. He founded the Old Trafford Community Football Club in 1995 which has provided the children of Old Trafford with the opportunity to learn and enhance their playing skills on the football field. He has close links with Trafford Borough Council and the Old Trafford Community Centre, sitting in on committees and panels and takes great pride in his local area and is a highly valued member of his community.

Sharon Avril Bannister, whilst in charge at Sunnybanks Community Centre, was central to its transformation from an under-used facility to one fully utilised by the community and self-governing with a management group representing all those using the centre. She was the director of a research project (Through New Eyes) which highlighted problems affecting younger members of the North Manchester Jewish Community and she is also a keen supporter of Y.O.U. Care, a local charity and is the President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester.

Pamela Irene Berry has been a volunteer, playing the organ at St Thomas's Parish Church in Delph for over 44 years, even through a period of serious illness. Whilst committing to her volunteering work, she was also a school teacher for 28 years and until 2005 she was also part of a group of volunteers running the Delph library, until its closure by the council. She is a real asset to the church and the community.

Norman Lee is a founding member and now President of Dukinfield Youth Football Club. In 1989, he founded the club and also set up a soccer school for younger children to teach them basic football skills and lay a foundation for the future. The club has grown and under his guidance amalgamated with the senior Dukinfield Town Football Club, ensuring continuity and sustained football opportunities to adulthood. He is a well-respected figure within the local footballing world.

Dr Sohail Munshi volunteered to create the GP Federation in North Manchester. This was in addition to his full time role as a GP trainer, appraiser, and specialist in dermatology. He encouraged the merger of the three Manchester Federations which resulted in an organisation delivering care to over 600k patients across the City of Manchester. He was also instrumental in a successful joint bid for the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund to provide a seven day service across the City of Manchester.

Catherine Helena Mary Palmer has been the lynchpin of fundraising efforts for The Fire Fighters Charity in Greater Manchester and the North West for several decades. She became a Fire Service Control Operator in 1973 taking 999 calls until 1998 when she became in charge of administering the benevolent fund, which later became the Fire Fighters Charity. Although she retired in 2011 her support for the charity has been unwavering and she continues to raise money and support serving or retired firefighters who need assistance.

Daniel Joseph Savage gives huge support to Brookvale Care Home in Prestwich, a care home for adults, including young adults with learning and physical disabilities. His involvement spans for almost 20 years. He is always on call and mixes easily with the residents and their families who hold him in the highest esteem. He has overseen a modernisation programme and has led several very successful fundraising initiatives to help place Brookvale on a secure financial footing. He is also the President of the Manchester Reform Synagogue and has given over 18 years service to it.

Nigel James Travis, whilst working as a firefighter,has volunteered thousands of hours running an inner-city boxing club in Moss Side diverting many young people from a life within gangs. Since the foundation of the gym, attacks on firefighters attending fires have fallen dramatically along with rates of gun crime and gang violence. He has also coordinated most of the fundraising, which is vital to sustain the gym. He has carried out all this work in his own time at great personal sacrifice dedicating many hours to saving young people from gang violence. 







Oct 9, 2017

Boot out Breast Cancer is a charity based in the Bolton area of Greater Manchester. The charity's mission is to provide equipment for as many breast cancer units in NHS Hospitals as possible. The charity was set up in 2010 by Debbie Dowie who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2009. She decided to turn her experience with breast cancer into a positive one and created the charity and now with a group of friends fundraise to provide much needed equipment in NHS Hospitals.

A fundraising kickstart event was recently hosted by the Principal Manchester and was attended by Mr Kui Man (Gerry) Yeung OBE DL, this year’s High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, his wife, Mrs Joanne Yeung and Edith Conn OBE DL and Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL.

At the event a cheque was presented to Debbie by the newest member of her team, Sally-ann McGladdery who had recently suffered from breast cancer, this kick starts a year’s fundraising with a target of around £100,000 culminating in a Ball at Principal Manchester in September 2018. In the last 8years £800,000 has been raised by the charity which is based in Bolton. 

The cheque was for £5,220 and was raised by Stand Cricket Club from a fundraising event during a first team match held earlier in the year.


L-R   Donna Rothwell, Joanne Crompton, Debbie Dowie, Sally-ann McGladdery, Sharon Chantry , High Sheriff, Sharon Cameron Regional Sales Director of Principal Manchester


Sep 14, 2017

SicKids, a children and young people’s health charity working in the North West of England and in
Cambodia, held the grand opening of a The SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital on Wedesday 13th September 2017. Mr Barry Dixon CBE DL, performed the opening ceremony.

The sensory space is the first-of-its-kind in the region, and has been built thanks to the generosity ofSicKids’ supporters. The SicKids sensory room has been made possible through generous donations from our supporters, The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, The W O Street Charitable Foundation and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Children's Emergency Department Endowment Fund.

Sensory facilities are proven to support the development of the senses – like touch, hearing and sight – through special lighting, music, tactile objects and a calming environment. While many hospitals and health centres in the UK have similar facilities in their children’s wards, there are very few with 21st Century equipment within their emergency departments.

The SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital is the first sensory facility opened by SicKids, which was founded in 2015 by a small group of volunteer Trustees. The charity’s vision is to
support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in both the North West and in
Cambodia, South East Asia. While the two regions are geographically and culturally divergent, the
Trustees of SicKids believe there are stark similarities and opportunities for health professionals in both
countries to share knowledge and develop strategies to relieve sickness and enhance the wellbeing of
children and young people.

Because of that, in November 2017 SicKids will open its second state-of-the-art sensory facility, this time at M’Lop Tapang, a non-governmental community project in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. SicKids believes this will be the first such facility in Cambodia, and will offer life-enhancing opportunities for many hundreds of children and young people with developmental delay, which, due to its link to conditions related to poverty, is prevalent in Cambodia.

The Sensory Space was designed by local children and their families, who volunteered to support the project with creative input and ideas to make the facility as welcoming, attractive and effective as

In attendance at the grand opening was Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy Soeung, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cambodia, who was keen to learn more about how children in
Cambodia will benefit when SicKids opens its second sensory space in November. M’Lop Tapang’s
Medical Team Leader, Ngov Chanravy, who is visiting the UK this week as part of a career development
opportunity co-funded by a SicKids grant, was also there.

Also present were the Trustees of SicKids (Professor Andrew Rowland, Den Carter, Dianne Cook and Dr Jimmy Stuart) as well as children and young people, and the volunteers who were involved in the design of the Sensory Space, and representatives from the North Manchester General Hospital leadership team.

To symbolise the unique partnership between SicKids and the diverse communities in the North West of England and Cambodia, the Trustees presented the Deputy Lieutenant and the Ambassador with friendship bracelets. The colourful bracelets, worn by SicKids’ Trustees, are hand-made by parents of children attending the M’Lop Tapang facility in Cambodia. The sale of each bracelet, for US$1.25, helps to support street living and street working children, young people, and their families, and keep children in school.

Mr Barry Dixon CBE DL, said, “I was delighted to welcome Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy Soeung to the fantastic city of Manchester, and to have the pleasure of opening the wonderful sensory space at North Manchester General Hospital. I’m sure it will make a great difference to the quality of care offered to children and young people. I look forward to hearing about the success of the facility, as well as the forthcoming opening of the sensory space in Cambodia.”