PEOPLE who make Warwickshire a better place to live were recently presented with medals they were awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The medals were presented by Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Tim Cox at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.
Mr Cox said: “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to present these awards. We have such extraordinary people in Warwickshire quietly making a big difference to the lives of others. It was a real privilege to meet this year’s awards recipients and present these honours.”
Those honoured included:
Graeme Betts was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his outstanding work in adult social care tackling some of the most difficult challenges in that field.
Keith Vinning from Stratford was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his dedication to innovation and safety within aviation.
Carol Zambonini from Alcester was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to those with dementia and their carers. Carol also set-up Alcester’s Dementia Café.
Nigel Hailey from Leamington is currently County Commissioner for Scouting in Warwickshire and his BEM was for services to young people in Warwickshire.
Rachel Booth, from Hatton, and Abigail Sheridan-de-Graaff from near Shipston, were instrumental in setting up the Warwickshire Scrubbers Support Group to organise the making of scrubs for the NHS. Their BEM were for services to the community in Warwickshire during the Covid pandemic.
Robert Sherman from Harbury co-founded the Harbury E-Wheels Initiative and helped to transport people who needed help during the pandemic. His BEM was for services to the community in Harbury.
Warwickshire County Council culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “It is incredible to see what Warwickshire residents have achieved both for their local communities and further afield in the UK.
“The honours recognise the very best qualities in people, and we are delighted to see our county’s residents highlighted in this way for exceeding all expectations, particularly during the pandemic, to support their local communities.”
“Honours are a way of celebrating extraordinary people who go above and beyond to change the world around them for the better. Anyone can receive a Queen’s Birthday Honour, and anyone can nominate someone, just as long as they demonstrate the exceptional contribution the candidate has made.”
Visit www.gov.uk/honours to find out more about how to nominate someone for an award.