Kent’s finest have been honoured by the Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals (BEM).
Chosen for their tireless community work and dedication, the five recipients, Tracey Creed from Dover, Ruth Glenn from Swanley, Cherry Leppard from Capel-Le-Ferne, Catherine Lewis from Sheerness and Julie Nixon from Greatstone were named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an Investiture at Penshurst Place to present the five Medallists with their award, following the official announcement in June this year.
Short citations were read by Douglas Horner a Deputy Lieutenant. One of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Sergeant Major Jonathan Stone from the Herne Bay Detachment of the Kent Army Cadet Force also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the ceremony.
Mrs Creed was recognised for her tireless voluntary work for the benefit of the community of Guston in Dover.
She raised over £100,000 to transform a disused space in Guston to make way for a safe and secure recreational facility with full disabled access for the benefit of all members of the community.
Mrs Glenn has been a volunteer for the Swanley Cygnet Club since it was formed over 35 years ago.
The club provides adults with special needs a safe environment where they can go to socialise with friends and participate in the various activities that take place on a weekly basis.
There are currently over 30 members that take the opportunity to use this much needed facility.
Mrs Leppard has dedicated many years to voluntary work in her local village of Capel-Le-Ferne. She is well known in the area for all the good work she does for the benefit of many.
She established a local newsletter some 20 years ago to keep residents informed of events taking place in the village and organises numerous day trips and holidays for the local residents.
For over 35 years, Mrs Lewis has devoted all of her spare time to helping those in the Sheerness area.
She set up the local angling club back in 1987 which was originally used by young people with disabilities and is now used by a wide range of people that benefit from the facilities.
She has also run the Baptist Church Parent and Toddler Group for over 20 years, and has been the president of her local Women’s Institute five times.
Mrs Nixon has, from a very young age, devoted her time to caring for children with disabilities.
Some six years ago, she became a foster carer for severely disabled and behaviourally challenging children and has dedicated her time to improving their quality of life and making them feel part of the family.
In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.