Medals of hon­our for Dum­fries duo

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Two com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons were hon­oured by the Queen this week.

Michael Pat­tie and Carolyn Lit­tle were awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal and Mem­ber of the Bri­tish Em­pire re­spec­tively at a cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

The Lord-Lieu­tenant of Dum­fries, Fiona Armstrong pre­sented the awards at coun­cil of­fices in Buc­cleuch Street.

Since his 13-year-old son David died in 1999, Michael has put all of his en­ergy into try­ing to pre­vent other fam­i­lies go­ing through the night­mare of los­ing a child to menin­gi­tis.

He has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds for the Menin­gi­tis Re­search Foun­da­tion with nu­mer­ous events in­clud­ing the hugely pop­u­lar Strictly cabaret shows.

And he has taken part in the Comic Re­lief ver­sion of the BBC Peo­ple’s Strictly show.

Michael has also cam­paigned for a life­sav­ing vac­cine and was over­joyed in 2015 when the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and Depart­ment of Health an­nounced it was to be rolled out af­ter a 20year fight.

He said: “I feel very proud and hum­bled. It’s nice to get recog­ni­tion for the work we do but we are a team and we couldn’t achieve what we have achieved with­out them. This award be­longs to my fam­ily and the team.

“Menin­gi­tis is ev­ery par­ent’s night­mare and I hope we’ve turned that on its head. Out of the hor­ror of menin­gi­tis comes some­thing good.

“I’d like to give a huge thanks to the peo­ple of Dum­fries and Gal­loway for all of their help and I am very grate­ful. Ev­ery­thing I do is to make my son proud of me.”

Dum­fries woman Carolyn has given 17 years of her time to im­prove the lives of fam­i­lies af­fected by the se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness of oth­ers.

The for­mer Sup­port in Mind Scot­land chair­woman re­ceived her MBE af­ter serv­ing 14 years in the role.

She said: “It was ab­so­lutely lovely day and ex­tra special hav­ing it in your home town so you can have your whole fam­ily with you as well as se­lect few special friends.

“The peo­ple who were with me today have been par­tic­u­larly good to me. I’m part of a team and some of that team is with me today. I couldn’t do it with­out them and we’ve been very for­tu­nate to be nom­i­nated. It could’ve been any of us.

“I’d like to thank every­one for today es­pe­cially Thelma Proud­lock for or­gan­is­ing it.”

Proud mo­ment Carolyn Lit­tle is pre­sented with her award by Fiona Armstrong

De­lighted Michael Pat­tie with friends and fam­ily af­ter re­ceiv­ing his Bri­tish Em­pire Medal

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