British Empire Medal Ceremony
On 4th April 2017 the British Empire Medal Ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall. The eight fantastic recipients attended with family and friends and the Lord Mayor and the Mayors from each of the recipients’ boroughs were in attendance.
The Lord-Lieutenant presented the medal to the following people:
Reverend Freda Jackson from Rochdale
For her incredible support to the young, elderly, lonely, depressed, bereaved and people with disabilities in the community of Middleton. For her fundraising efforts whilst abroad in the USA for a premature baby unit in Montgomery and the work she has done with the children of her parish, to create links between them and elderly parishioners to support one another. She is also an accomplished artist and writer.
Mrs Betty Kenyon from Bury
For her inspirational work in Bury for over 30 years; inspiring and supporting young people whilst working at Bury Grammar School Girls as a teacher and as a volunteer archivist and chair of the Old Girls Association and by assisting young families facing difficulties with early family life as a volunteer and driving force behind “Homestart” also securing funding preventing the closure of the scheme.
Miss Lisa McLoughlin from Bolton
For her fundraising for research into treatments and raising awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours. She set up the Jessica Green Fund in memory of her brave daughter, Jessica, who sadly passed away having battled DIPG, a rare and inoperable paediatric brain tumour, for 3 years. She has raised over £44,000, distributed over 2,000 symptom cards to schools and GP surgeries and through social media supported the campaign to make Ministers aware of the lack of funding for research into brain tumours in children.
Mr Akeim Mundell from Manchester
For his work making a positive difference to young people in his community. He has set up Manchester Job Opportunities, a free service assisting people to find jobs and apprenticeships. He is a mentor with the charity, Community on Solid Ground, organises Manchester’s Got Talent to showcase young people’s talents and is a Community Guardian and an Anti-Social Behaviour Champion for the area.
Ms Indu Popat from Tameside
For her work as a Hindu Priest in Tameside engaging the local community resulting in a huge increase in local residents engaging with the BAME community in the area. She is an active fundraiser for numerous charities and has also influenced and shaped the roles of women in the Asian community and raised the profile of the issue of Asian women and mental health, working with the local MIND organisation and the Department of health.
Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Wilson Robinson from Stockport
For her work as the first Bereavement Manager at the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals. Much in her own time she developed her role to provide a caring, compassionate and effective service to bereaved people whose loved ones have died in the hospital. Her influence also extended beyond the Trust working closely with funeral directors and registrars. She has also been key to the Trust sensitively contributing to the organ donation pool nationally.
Mr Owen Keith Tulsie from Wigan
For his contribution to the charity Georgia’s Children of the World. He has raised over £100,000 helping set up Georgia’s Houses to provide schooling and improve health and welfare for disadvantaged children in Salford and abroad. He is heavily involved in its organisation and also uses his practical DIY skills to help with turning shell buildings into habitable homes. The charity was set up by his friend, Steve Murray, in memory of his daughter who passed away with a heart condition at age 19.
Henry (Harry) Francis Twamley from Tameside
For his commitment to Curzon Ashton FC since the 1950s. Aged just 12 he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Hurst Wesleyans Church Team taking over as Secretary the following year. Once the boys were too old for the team he developed Curzon Road Football Club as a follow on. He oversaw the amalgamation with Ashton Amateurs and remained Chairman of what is now Curzon Ashton Football Club. The club is now a valuable community asset providing a focal point for local people, charities and businesses.