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Do you know someone deserving of The British Empire Medal?

21 September 2015


The BEM recognises the dedication and hard work so many provide to their communities.

One past recipient, road sweeper Anthony Cleland, said it showed "ordinary people deserve to be recognised".

Fundraisers, scout leaders and sports coaches are among those who have been honoured.

Other past recipients have included:

        A lady recognised for her efforts over more than 30 years to improve the lives of residents in her community

        Anne Vance, recognised for services to people with mental illness in Northern Ireland through her work for the befriending scheme, Praxis Care

        A gentleman, from Staffordshire, recognised for services to beekeeping and environmental education

The BEM recognises in a very strong way the contribution of people to the community through voluntary effort.

Unlike other honours, the BEM is not awarded by the Queen or Prince of Wales but by Lord-Lieutenants, who are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the UK.

All of the recipients will be invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party to celebrate their achievements.  Download  nomination form and guidance notes: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/government-citizens-and-rights/government/honours-decorations-and-awards/nominate-someone-for-an-honour.htm.