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Recognition for four outstanding Worcestershire citizens

Published: Friday, 27th April 2018 BEM group

On Thursday 26 April, the Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, presented British Empire Medals to four community volunteers during a ceremony at the Guildhall.

The four medal recipients, Michael Amies Jennie McGregor-Smith, Diana Murdie and Susan Sollis, were joined at the Guildhall by their family, friends and fellow volunteers, to receive their award from the Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of HM The Queen. 

  • Mr Amies was the Chairman of the Organ Donation Committee for the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  He championed organ donation in the county and significantly increased the number of people registered.  He received his award for services to healthcare
  • Mrs McGregor-Smith, who has been involved for many years campaigning and supporting the arts in Bromsgrove and maintaining the town's heritage, received her award for services to the community in Bromsgrove
  • Ms Murdie has dedicated herself to helping the visually impaired community for 50 years. Over the past 30 years she has been involved in the sport of goalball, devoting herself to its development and insuring its growth both nationally and internationally.  She received her award for services to sport for visually impaired people
  • Mrs Sollis set up the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust, a charity that has helped fund research into cures for leukaemia, given assistance to individuals and provided badly needed equipment to local Hospital. Over the past 21 years she has raised over £1.4 million for leukaemia research.  Mrs Sollis receives her award for services to Leukaemia Research


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