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New Year’s honours for four Red Cross volunteers

31 December 2015

We’re very proud to announce that four members of the British Red Cross have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

OBE for president

Terence Cross, Red Cross president for Northern Ireland since 2008, has been awarded an OBE for services to the economy and the voluntary sector.

Terry, from Northern Ireland, is the founder of Delta Packaging Ltd.

His relationship with the Red Cross began in 2008 when he organised a dinner that raised £60,000 for our China Earthquake Appeal.

In 2014 Delta Packaging sponsored a Red Cross emergency response Land Rover to help communities in crisis.

Recognition for Lincolnshire fundraiser

Penelope Hedley Lewis, Red Cross president in Lincolnshire, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the charity.

Penny became president in Lincolnshire in 2005 and is a member of the Irnham Bazaar fundraising committee, which has raised more than £800,000.

Penny has also raised thousands of pounds by running the last 10 London marathons, organising bridge tournaments and hosting lectures at the Red Cross in Grantham.

“I’m flattered,” said Penny commenting on the award.  “They don’t give these awards out like Smarties. I’m constantly worrying about whether I’m doing enough for the Red Cross.”

Lynne McLean, Red Cross operations director in Lincolnshire, said: “I know that Penny is in awe of the commitment her fellow volunteers give. But Penny’s own passion for the work of the Red Cross, her gift for engaging fundraisers and volunteers, and the incredible lengths she goes to in aid of the Red Cross is both humbling and impressive”.

Penny added: “All the services that the Red Cross provide are important. But as someone with a mother who requires on-going care at home, I feel that the work of our support at home service is particularly valuable”.

BEM for manager after Shoreham air crash

Red Cross manager Richard Tyler has been awarded the BEM. Richard, 44, led the organisation's response to the Shoreham air disaster, which claimed 11 lives.

He said: "I'm very proud to have this medal. I don't do what I do for awards and I've never thought about having anything like this, but it's great to be recognised."

Richard witnessed the Hawker Hunter jet crash on to the A27 in Shoreham, West Sussex, on 22 August during the Shoreham Airshow.

Recalling the tragedy, Richard from Hawley, Kent, said: "I remember thinking 'he's very low', and then a cloud of smoke and flame went up.

"Strangely, though, I don't remember any loud noise or explosion. I turned to control and said 'you need to put out a Code Red now'.

"At that point our major incident plans kicked in.

“My entire team responded brilliantly when it counted most.”

Richard has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 34 years and also works for the charity. He joined the organisation when he was just 10 years old and is now lead service manager for event first aid and emergency response in Kent and Sussex – a role he has held for nearly 10 years.

Volunteer celebrated for 58 years of service

Joseph Wood has been awarded an MBE after volunteering for the Red Cross for 58 years.

During that time he has been a first aid tutor and led a team that trained volunteers to deliver vital first aid services to people across the Lothians.

Joe also led the emergency response team, supporting the statutory services. He was called out to help people after a variety of emergencies, often during the night. 

For the last seven years, he has co-ordinated the International Family Tracing Service for the Lothian branch.

Joe volunteered alongside his late wife Cynthia, and the couple were both valued members of the Red Cross for their dedication and excellent work.

Joe continues to volunteer his knowledge and skills to help family members find their missing loved ones.