MIXED EMO­TIONS

Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019 49

Cheshire Life - - Honours -

It was a mo­ment of mixed emo­tions for Richard Price when the let­ter ar­rived at his home in Up­ton, Ch­ester, telling him he was to re­ceive the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal.

‘At first I thought it was a let­ter from the tax­man, be­cause it was on Her Majesty’s Ser­vice,’ re­calls Richard, aged 71, ‘Just at the point I was open­ing it, my wife walked in the front door and I was about to cry. That’s how shocked I was.’

Richard, a re­tired Bri­tish Tele­coms en­gi­neer­ing man­ager, was nom­i­nated for the BEM for ser­vices to the Sa­mar­i­tans and the com­mu­nity of Ch­ester. He has vol­un­teered for the Sa­mar­i­tans for 42 years, and still has a spe­cial role lead­ing a team of vol­un­teers who sup­port a team of lis­ten­ers at HMP Ber­wyn, Wrex­ham.

With his wife Ann, Richard has also been a puppy walker for the Guide Dogs char­ity for sev­eral years. Liv­ing near to Ch­ester Zoo means the pup­pies they train ‘won’t be upset by lions roar­ing and can tol­er­ate the smell of ele­phant poo’.

‘I didn’t do the stuff I was do­ing to get any kind of recog­ni­tion,’ says Richard.

‘I’ve still got in my head that there are hun­dreds, thou­sands of peo­ple out there in the com­mu­nity do­ing much more than I’ve done, and de­serve to be recog­nised for the ef­fort they’ve put in.’

‘Richard has vol­un­teered for the Sa­mar­i­tans for 42 years and has a spe­cial lead­er­ship role’

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