I’m so proud I could burst! My lovely Dad has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list for his fundraising work. He has been awarded an MBE for 30 years of service, raising money for Bloodwise a charity who are ‘here to beat blood cancer.’ Dad has volunteered for Bloodwise since losing his teenage son, my brother Paul, to leukaemia, in 1985. And when Dad was just a teenage son himself, his mother too, died of leukaemia at the age of 42. You can see what has driven him to dedicated more than 30 years of his life to a charity so dear to his heart?
If over 30 years of charity service wasn’t enough, he has also been recognised for his service to the community of Thorncombe which makes you a pretty decent bloke Dad!
So, what is an MBE? It’s an ‘award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local ‘hands on’ service. The definition of MBE is Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.’ (Source: http://www.awardsintelligence.co.uk)
You can read all about Dad’s journey and his involvement with Sir Ian Botham’s charity walks here.
With the official invitation a few months away, I’m hoping to have enough notice to be able to attend as a guest and I’ll certainly need a new frock and hat for that!