Medal for un­sung hero­ine

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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.

It asks Chiltern District Coun­cil (CDC) to legally pro­tect two AONB (Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty) spa­ces from any pos­si­ble de­vel­op­ment and has al­ready hit 1,000 sig­na­tures fol­low­ing its launch at the end of March.

Di­rected at CDC, it reads: “We re­quest that Chiltern District Coun­cil com­mit to pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing Up­per and Lower Stone Meadow, Chal­font St Giles, Buck­ing­hamshire (Land Reg No BM294098) by en­forc­ing a strict covenant on both meadows to

Buck­ing­hamshire’s Lord Lieu­tenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher pre­sented Lynne Pullinger with the British Em­pire Medal

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