Last week (12/09), we were lucky enough to attend the Council House to see recipients from across the West Midlands receive Honours for all of their volunteer work.

These people have gone to extraordinary lengths to help others and support their community over many years, and so were awarded British Empire Medals and one Member Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire by West Midlands Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE

Pictured are the Birmingham’s recipients (from left to right):

Mr John Walter Butcher – New Oscott – for his support of the West Midlands Police and the community in Birmingham.

Miss Norma Ann Boyd from Northfield, Birmingham was due to receive her BEM for services to the community in Northfield but has sadly passed away since the award recognition was announced so her sister, Sylvia Boyd (pictured) received the BEM on her behalf.

James Robert Whiskens – Bournville, Birmingham – for his services to student pastoral care.

Naseem Akhtar – Hall Green – for health, fitness and sports for women in Birmingham.

Sonia Jacqueline Parnell – Erdington, Birmingham – for supporting vulnerable adults.

Joanna Louise Dervisoglu – Birmingham – for services to women following mastectomy surgery.

(Not pictured) Anne Patricia Ryder from Solihull for services to the community in Solihull.

(image: Tom Kavanagh)