Kidderminster trio recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Kidderminster Shuttle: 'Very humbled': Isobel Dale has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. 'Very humbled': Isobel Dale has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

A FORMER Kemp Hospice chairman, a Citizens’ Advice Bureau worker and volunteer to help Kidderminster’s homeless have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Nigel Preece, executive officer for operations at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been awarded an MBE for services to welfare and voluntary service to the homeless in Kidderminster.

Kidderminster resident Isobel Dale - for services to hospice care - and Jennifer Jester, for services to the Wyre Forest Citizens’ Advice Bureau, have both been awarded the British Empire Medal, it was announced today.

Mrs Dale, 72, who was Kemp Hospice chairman between 2002 and last year, said she felt “very, very delighted and very humbled” at the honour.

“I feel as if I am just one of the many people who has made Kemp a success,” she said. “I enjoyed my time as leader and chairman of Kemp and I did have a tremendous team around me and I should be receiving this on behalf of everybody’s efforts.”

The Jelleyman Close resident was instrumental in growing the charity in the town and led a move to its current headquarters in Mason Road.

She added: “There was a real need in the community at the time for something for patients and the families at the end of life and this was something I felt very strongly about.”

Mrs Dale, who is married and has two daughters and two grandsons, is still involved with Kemp and is chairman of Kemp House Trust.

A date has not yet been arranged for the trio to collect their awards.

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10:41am Sat 15 Jun 13

David Hollyoak says...

Well done to all three of you and the good work you have all done over the years. I would also like to say Kemp Hospice is a great asset to Kidderminster and the surrounding areas they looked after my Mother really well when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Well done to all three of you and the good work you have all done over the years. I would also like to say Kemp Hospice is a great asset to Kidderminster and the surrounding areas they looked after my Mother really well when she was diagnosed with cancer. David Hollyoak
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1:13pm Sat 15 Jun 13

jintyminty says...

Congratulations Jenn!
A richly deserved award for a lady who has given the much needed help and support to clients living in the Wyre Forest area, enabling them to deal with the many varied problems of life.
For over 20 years she has also supported and trained many volunteers who have passed through the doors of the Citizens' Advice Bureau, all with the same aim in mind of providing advice to their clients.
Congratulations Jenn! A richly deserved award for a lady who has given the much needed help and support to clients living in the Wyre Forest area, enabling them to deal with the many varied problems of life. For over 20 years she has also supported and trained many volunteers who have passed through the doors of the Citizens' Advice Bureau, all with the same aim in mind of providing advice to their clients. jintyminty
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6:44pm Sat 15 Jun 13

Craig Bateman says...

Absolutely fantastic to see all three of you being recognised on you achievements ~ you're all great assets to the town, and people that we can look to as role models in the community.
Absolutely fantastic to see all three of you being recognised on you achievements ~ you're all great assets to the town, and people that we can look to as role models in the community. Craig Bateman
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