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MBEs for three Red Cross volunteers

3 January 2012

Mary Robinson MBE© InfoThree British Red Cross volunteers, with a combined total of 146 years' service, were honoured by the Queen with MBEs on 1 January 2012.

Mary Robinson MBE

Mary Robinson from Northumberland joined the Red Cross in 1961 while she was still at school, and has volunteered as a first aider, first aid instructor and youth section leader.

She is currently a group leader in Hexham, helping to raise money and run an annual fair. As well as her Red Cross work, Mary is a full-time carer working for Helping Hands, the home care specialist.

Philip Rowe MBE

Phillip Rowe from Somerset joined the Red Cross in 1966 and co-ordinates event first aid and emergency response in the West Country. He has provided event first aid at many large events, such as the Bath and West Show, Glastonbury Festival and the Big Green Gathering.

Among many other achievements, Philip was heavily involved in patient transfer work during severe weather and snow in January 2010, supporting the emergency services.

Elizabeth Leigh MBE

Elizabeth Leigh from Newbury joined the Red Cross in 1962 and helps with training for first aid and other services. She has provided first aid cover at hundreds of public events, helped with medical equipment loans and office work, and organised and participated in many Red Cross Week collections.

In addition, she has organised monthly meetings and twice-yearly outings for the local disabled club. This has included baking 36 scones each month for the last 50 years.

The Queen awarded the trio their MBEs in this year’s New Year honours list.


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