Medal for unsung heroine
THE Queen has honoured a retired Amersham learning support assistant for her work with children who have special educational needs.
Lynne Pullinger, from Amersham, was presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM) recently by Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, at a special investiture attended family and friends.
Countess Elizabeth Howe, who read the Honours Citation, said that in her role as learning support assistant Ms Pullinger had demonstrated selfless commitment to providing pupils with the best quality support.
She added: “What differentiates Lynne from other learning support assistants is her total focus on a holistic approach to improving a child’s quality of life, and her dedication and willingness to make personal sacrifices.”
Countess Howe said Ms Pullinger had designed bespoke games and exercises to suit the needs by of individual children, and had helped them behaviourally with social integration.
Ms Pullinger, who retired in 2014 from her role at Burford School, in Marlow Bottom, was praised for her leadership of a countywide forum for learning support assistants working with autistic pupils.
Sir Henry said: “Lynne is one of Buckinghamshire’s unsung heroes, and it’s always a delight to honour local residents who serve our community unstintingly.”
He said the recently reinstated British Empire Medal had made a national honour more accessible to local people, and he encouraged Buckinghamshire residents to nominate their local unsung heroes.
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Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher presented Lynne Pullinger with the British Empire Medal