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British Red Cross volunteer recognised in New Year's Honours

31 December 2013

The president of Cambridge Red Cross has been appointed an MBE for her outstanding service to the community in the New Year’s Honours list.

A dedicated Red Cross fundraising volunteer for 27 years, Rosie Gutteridge’s leadership, vision and commitment have transformed fundraising efforts in Cambridgeshire, where she was part of a team that was instrumental in raising more than £500,000 from fundraising events.

Rosie, who was previously chair of the Red Cross volunteer’s council in Cambridgeshire, was somewhat surprised by the award.

Speaking about the honour, the 66-year-old said: “I was hugely honoured but terribly shocked [by the MBE] because it came as a complete surprise.

“I see this award as recognition for all our wonderful hard-working volunteers."

Energy and drive

Alex Fraser, operations director for the Red Cross in East Anglia, has worked alongside Rosie for a number of years.

He said: “I am so thrilled for Rosie. For almost three decades she has been at the forefront of our fundraising activity in Cambridgeshire and has helped raise over half a million pounds in that time.

“Always encouraging, supportive, full of energy and drive – Rosie has been a source of inspiration to me and our many volunteers and staff across the county.

“What better way to start the new year than with this great news – congratulations Rosie and thank you for all you have done to enable Red Cross to do its work in Cambridgeshire, to support people in crisis – you are without doubt a fundraising superstar and we are all so very proud of you and everything you have achieved!”

The new chair of the British Red Cross board of trustees has also been recognised in the New Year’s Honours.

David Bernstein, who takes over as chair from tomorrow (1 January), has been awarded a CBE for services to football in recognition of his previous work with the Football Association, Wembley Stadium and Manchester City FC.

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