On Thursday 12 September 2019 at Birmingham City Council House 15 recipients of this year’s British Empire Medals in the West Midlands will receive their awards from the West Midlands Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE.

These people have all contributed to help others and continue to make their communities richer.

Some have gone to extraordinary lengths and given countless years of volunteering, others have travelled emotional journeys that have driven them to greater achievements. All have shown outstanding good will to others and made where we live a brighter place.

Below is the list of recipients and where they live, as well as the main reason for gaining the recognition.

The recipients of this year’s West Midlands British Empire Awards are :-

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

Ms Susan Elizabeth M Allen – Heath Town, Wolverhampton –  for supporting the community in Heath Town.

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

Mr Barry Frederick Clark – Wollaston, Stourbridge – for services to libraries in the community.

Mr Frederick Robert Cookes – Hampton in Arden, Solihull – for community activity in Barston Village, Solihull.

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

Mrs Margaret Enid Dickson – Streetly, Sutton Coldfield – for community services in the West Midlands.

Bishop Stanford Fairin – Smethwick, Warley – for his work in the Sandwell community.

Mr Alan Thomas Griffiths – Coventry – for supporting the community in Foleshill, Coventry.

Mrs Marilyn Haddon – Coventry – for charitable fund-raising.

Mr Jagdev Singh Mavi – Walsall – for services to the Sikh community in Walsall.

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

Mrs Anne Patricia Ryder – Solihull – for services to the community in Solihull.

Mrs Terri Joanne Scott – Solihull – for her dedication to the Solihull Troubled Families Programme.

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

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 will be receiving the BEM on her behalf

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