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Red Cross chief executive gets prestigious award

12 September 2013

HRH The Prince of Wales has presented Sir Nicholas Young with the Queen’s Badge of Honour, a rare and prestigious honour afforded to very few Red Cross members.

The award was given in recognition of Sir Nicholas' tireless work over the past 12 years in helping steer the British Red Cross to its current strong position, as a leading National Society respected across the world. 

Maryanne Burton, head of volunteering, said: “Anyone who knows Sir Nicholas also knows that he never switches off – his dedication and commitment to the Red Cross are second to none.

“He also takes a strong interest in voluntary sector initiatives, acting as an ambassador for the organisation with government, media and major donors.”

Palace presentation

The Queen’s Badge of Honour – the ultimate accolade within the Red Cross – can only be held by 30 people at any one time.

Rarely bestowed, it is given to reflect exceptional service following a nomination by the trustees (and approval from Her Majesty the Queen, the organisation’s patron).

Sir Nicholas was presented with the award by the Red Cross’ president, HRH The Prince of Wales, at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 12 September.

Huge honour

He said: “I feel truly moved to have been awarded such a special honour. However, I’m fully aware that the huge advances made by this organisation in reaching people in crisis are overwhelmingly due to the relentless dedication of our volunteers and staff.”

He added: “I am very lucky to work with such wonderful people. They bring fresh inspiration every day.”

The last two holders to be presented with the award, in 2008, were former chairman John McClure and former treasurer John Bonds.

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