Community champions to receive their honours

Posted on: 29 September 2017

Four community champions and five volunteer groups, all from Devon, will receive their Royal honours at double awards ceremony on Monday 9 October.

Representatives from the five volunteer groups will be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017 at a investiture at The Council House in Plymouth.

The award, the highest given each year to volunteer groups, sets the benchmark for excellence in volunteering and is equivalent in status to the MBE.

It recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping and providing opportunities for others in the community.

The four community champions will also be presented with their British Empire Medal’s (BEM) at the same ceremony.

The BEM (formally British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) recognises meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown

All the awards are part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Devon 2017 and will be presented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, the Queen’s personal representative in the county.

Recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service:

• Devon and Cornwall Community Advice Support Service (CASS+)
• Hope Cove Life Boat, South Hams
• National Coast watch Institution (NCI) station Torbay
• The Estuary League of Friends, Topsham, Exeter
• The Stewards of the Devon County Show

Recipients of the British Empire Medal:

• Miss Rachel Hayes – Head of membership and Events, Regen SW. For services to Women in the Energy Sector
• Mrs Mary Hugo – for service to the community in Manaton, Devon.
• Mr Brian Medhurst – for service to the community in Yelverton, Devon.
• Mrs Maureen Selley – for service to Local History, Yelverton

HM Lord-Lt David Fursdon said:

HM Lord-Lt David Fursdon

“I am delighted to present The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and the British Empire Medal to these worthy recipients.

“These groups and individuals have stood up and made a real difference either by going above and beyond in their profession for the benefit of the community or by devoting their time and volunteering to improving the quality of people’s lives.

“All those who are receiving their honours today thoroughly deserve to have their achievements and hard work recognised nationally.”

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