British Empire Medal Ceremony at Bury Town Hall

May 10, 2018
Category: General

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.