Northumberland residents honoured with British Empire Medals

Three Northumberland residents have been honoured with British Empire Medals (BEM), for their significant contribution to their local communities.  

The presentation was made by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland at a special investiture ceremony at Alnwick Castle last night (Thursday 27th August), in which she represented Her Majesty The Queen in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.
David Chappell, 68, from Alnwick, received the honour for services to the RAF and conservation. David became a Squadron Leader after originally joining the RAF as an airman in 1963. He has, in his own time, pioneered conservation projects, creating a wetland from a derelict building site, a woodland walk and owl sanctuary.
David has dedicated 20 years of service to the RAF Association (RAFA), including restoring the RAFA respite care home at Rothbury House. He is still frequently found in his overalls maintaining the building of the Alnwick branch, of which he is chair.
Anne Lloyd, 75, from Ponteland, received her medal for services to education and the community in Newcastle. While teaching drama for over 35 years, she has improved the confidence and aspirations of disadvantaged children.
Anne has been the voluntary founder and organiser of children’s drama groups and workshops, and has been a committed leader of a Girl Guides group. Through her contributions to the ‘living history’ St Nicholas Trail project, her understated leadership and commitment has been greatly appreciated by the local community.
Joy Sullivan, 57, from Prudhoe, earns her medal for 41 years of service to international trade. After working tirelessly within North East Chamber of Commerce International Trade team, she is an export adviser with knowledge to rival any in the country.
Joy continues to work despite having Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease.  In the past Joy acted as a counsellor for people diagnosed with the condition, sharing her experiences along with medical staff to widen the understanding of the condition and its day-to-day effects.
Speaking about the awards, the Duchess of Northumberland said:  “To receive a British Empire Medal is an incredible achievement and I'd like to congratulate the three very worthy recipients for all their dedicated work and commitment over many years. They are a credit to Northumberland."
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