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The one thing they have in com­mon is their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment Sir Henry AubreyFletcher

FIVE Buck­ing­hamshire res­i­dents who have tire­lessly de­voted their lives to help­ing oth­ers in their lo­cal com­mu­nity have had their achieve­ments for­mally recog­nised by the Crown as they are awarded Bri­tish Em­pire Medals.

The five in­di­vid­u­als were pre­sented with their medals at a spe­cial cer­e­mony hosted by HM Lord Lieu­tenant of Buck­ing­hamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, at the Hall Barn Es­tate in Bea­cons­field on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 14. The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by a num­ber of Buck­ing­hamshire’s Deputy Lieu­tenants, who read the ci­ta­tions.

The Bri­tish Em­pire Medal is awarded for civil or mil­i­tary ser­vice wor­thy of recog­ni­tion by the Crown and was first cre­ated in 1922. The five in­di­vid­u­als who re­ceived medals were: Mrs Mar­garet Davies, Mrs Hi­lary Evans, Mrs Bar­bara Rosen­berg, Mrs Elaine Trump and Mrs Pauline Walker.

Mar­garet Davies, known more com­monly by her mid­dle name, Ann, was awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for her 26 years’ ser­vice to peo­ple with Down’s Syn­drome. She has worked na­tion­ally and re­gion­ally for the Down’s Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion and was co­founder of the South Bucks Down’s Syn­drome Group. Ann’s youngest child, Christo­pher, has Down’s Syn­drome and she was in­spired to help him and oth­ers with the con­di­tion.

Read­ing her ci­ta­tion, Deputy Lieu­tenant Francesca Skel­ton said: “Ann has been a fierce cam­paigner for adults with Down’s Syn­drome, un­der­stand­ing the chal­lenges and bar­ri­ers, see­ing the lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, for post-18 ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing for work and em­ploy­ment.”

One of Ann’s great­est achieve­ments has been her in­volve­ment in a project to in­tro­duce a Ci­ti­zen Card for adults with Down’s Syn­drome to help them prove their age and in­de­pen­dence. The card has been suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced lo­cally and it is hoped this will be­come a na­tional ini­tia­tive ben­e­fit­ting young adults with a range of dis­abil­i­ties.

An­other cham­pion for those with Down’s Syn­drome is Pauline Walker, who re­ceives her medal for ser­vices to swim­ming for young peo­ple with the con­di­tion. Pauline set up the Eels Swim­ming Club 35 years ago specif­i­cally to sup­port young peo­ple with Down’s Syn­drome in learn­ing how to swim. Ten years ago she fol­lowed up with the Elec­tric Eels Syn­chro­nised Swim­ming Club so chil­dren could fur­ther develop their skills and com­pete against oth­ers. The club is the only one of its kind in the coun­try and its mem­bers have achieved suc­cess both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Read­ing Pauline’s ci­ta­tion, Deputy Lieu­tenant Al­lan Westray said: “She has touched the lives of very many peo­ple and has raised aware­ness of what chil­dren with Down’s Syn­drome can achieve.”

Burn­ham res­i­dent Hi­lary Evans re­ceived her award for ser­vices to her lo­cal com­mu­nity. Hi­lary’s work has seen her sup­port peo­ple of all ages in the lo­cal area.

Through her work with dif­fer­ent groups, Hi­lary has shown her com­mit­ment and will­ing­ness to help­ing oth­ers who may be go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time in their lives. This has in­cluded help­ing a young home­less woman to find suitable hous­ing, sup­port­ing a young sin­gle mother re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness and many other ex­am­ples. More re­cently she has been in­volved in a project help­ing older peo­ple to so­cialise and en­joy time to­gether.

Read­ing Hi­lary’s ci­ta­tion, Deputy Lieu­tenant, The Count­ess Howe, said: “No mat­ter how many causes Hi­lary sup­ports she al­ways seems to have more time to of­fer to help oth­ers. She is a stal­wart of the com­mu­nity of Burn­ham and has en­riched its com­mu­nity, its so­cial and its spir­i­tual life over many decades.”

Bar­bara Rosen­berg re­ceived her medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity of Maiden­head. Bar­bara, her hus­band Roger and their three sons moved to the area af­ter re­lo­cat­ing from South Africa in 1987. Bar­bara took the op­por­tu­nity to im­merse her­self in work­ing at her lo­cal syn­a­gogue. Un­der Bar­bara’s guid­ance, a highly suc­cess­ful weekly lunch club was es­tab­lished, giv­ing res­i­dents a much-needed op­por­tu­nity to get out and so­cialise. The club has gone from strength to strength un­der Bar­bara’s con­trol.

Her cook­ing and bak­ing has also been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and be­yond in­clud­ing home­less peo­ple and all those who at­tend the many clubs and so­cial groups she has helped set up.

Elaine Trump re­ceived her medal for ser­vices to fundrais­ing and vol­un­tary sup­port for the NHS. Elaine has been a vol­un­teer at Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care NHS Trust for more than 10 years and is no stranger to re­ceiv­ing pres­ti­gious awards, hav­ing been awarded a Queen’s Guide Award at the age of only 13.

Elaine has drawn on her own ex­pe­ri­ences of un­der­go­ing treat­ment for the long term con­di­tion of col­i­tis to of­fer sup­port to oth­ers. This in­cludes tak­ing part in an NHS film to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance to pa­tients about in­va­sive pro­ce­dures. She has been a mem­ber of her lo­cal Pa­tient Ex­pe­ri­ence Group for the past 10 years and con­tin­ues to cham­pion the voice of the pa­tient.

Speak­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher said: “The Bri­tish Em­pire Medal is only awarded to the most ex­em­plary can­di­dates and these five res­i­dents em­body ev­ery­thing it rep­re­sents.

“They have tire­lessly de­voted their lives to help­ing oth­ers in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways. The one thing they have in com­mon is their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment. On be­half of HM The Queen, I heartily ap­plaud each and ev­ery one of them – well done!”

The five new Bri­tish Em­pire Medal hold­ers with Sir Henry

Hi­lary Evans with Sir Henry

Elaine Trump with Sir Henry

Pauline Walker with Sir Henry

Bar­bara Rosen­berg with Sir Henry

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