It is always fascinating to find out who is receiving an honour as part of the Queens Birthday or indeed the New Year. This year as we celebrate the 95th Birthday of the Queen a very significant number of people have been awarded for their work in helping communities as a result of COVID. One of the people who I know very well is Howard Wardle who I am very proud of his award. He was listed as receiving an MBE “For services to the community in Eastbourne, East Sussex” and he certainly works very hard in Eastbourne, but one of his key roles is in running an Eastbourne Food Bank. Although he was not referred to that it was a subject that certainly was mentioned by a number of people for either Foodbanks or FareShare. Indeed the other person who I know a little bit is Lindsay Boswell who received a CBE and his description is as “Chief Executive Officer, FareShare. For services to charitable Food Provision during Covid-19”. I had the privilege of working with FareShare 20 years ago and I did meet Lindsay on several occasions during his last 10 years working for FareShare. Two other people received an award for working for FareShare and there were five people who received a reference to Foodbank for their awards.
Along with people working for charities another person who received an OBE was Catherine Campbell who lives in the Isle of Harris and received the award for her work in Harris Tweed which is a subject one of my relatives has spent time researching and indeed we have visited the Harris Tweed industries a couple of time. On both occasions we had the privilege to meet Donald John Mackay who received an MBE in 2011.
Another person whose name I saw on the list was someone who I have been in contact with. Zoe Clark-Coates is the founder of the Mariposa Trust. She was awarded “For services to the Baby Loss community and the Improvement of Bereavement Care” I am delighted that Zoe has received an MBE and hope this will be of great benefit to her charity, just as the other charities and the commercial agency of Harris Tweed will benefit from this years celebrations.