FOUR British Red Cross volunteers with over 170 years volunteering experience between them, have been recognised for their outstanding contribution in the New Year’s Honours List.

Lesley Smith from Taverham, Norwich has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (MBE), with Margaret Dickson from Sutton Coldfield, Colin Moffat from Aberdeen and David Taylor from Cumbria receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM).

170 Years of British Red Cross volunteering recognised in New Year's Honours list 2019
Lesley Smith
Despite 35 years of volunteering, Lesley is modest about her contributions:

“I don’t think I do anything special so I was completely shocked when I heard about my MBE award. It’s very surreal. People ask me why I’m still volunteering after so many years. It’s because of the friendship and the little things I can do to help make a difference.”

Equally as modest, Colin adds: “I love being part of the Red Cross family. There’s a huge sense of camaraderie, being part of a team making a phenomenal difference locally and globally. It’s a genuine privilege to be able to help people when they are most vulnerable. They are so grateful. I know what a genuine difference the Red Cross makes because I get to see it all the time.”

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said:

“Lesley, Margaret, Colin and David are shining examples of the exemplary volunteers we are lucky to have to support the vital work of the Red Cross. They have dedicated much of their lives to first aid, helping to train others and supporting the Red Cross.

“I would like to pass on my congratulations to them all on their well-deserved honours and thank them for their continued passion for helping to make a difference in their communities.

“We couldn’t do our work without the dedication of volunteers supporting people to prepare and respond to crises in their community.”