British Empire Medal Ceremony at Salford Civic Centre

Nov 9, 2017
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Category: General

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.