British Empire Medals awarded for ‘outstanding dedication’

COMMUNITY: HMA Simon Manley (left) presents the BEM to Annette English Photo credit: Alicante Studios

HER MAJESTY’S Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, has presented British Empire Medals (BEM) to two British residents in Alicante.

The honours were part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced during June this year and the proud recipients were Sylvia Tatnell and Annette English.

Sylvia Tatnell, resident in Teulada-Moraira, has been awarded the BEM for her services to British residents and the wider community in Alicante, where she was a local councillor for 25 years and Head of Social Services. Mrs Tatnell also supports local charities in the area to help the most vulnerable residents.

She said: “I am overwhelmed with this. I decided to go into politics twenty five years ago, because I felt I could be of help to fellow British residents in Spain. I am deeply honoured to have received this award, which is a fantastic encouragement to continue assisting people in need”

The other recipient, Annette English from Alicante was awarded her BEM for her services to child welfare. Mrs English has dedicated her retirement to improving the conditions of the Elche Children’s Care Home, close to where she lives.

Annette said: “I feel very honoured to have received this award. Fundraising for the children keeps me active and I receive so much back from them! I want to give a special mention to my husband, Dave, without whose support none of this would have been possible. Never would I have imagined I would be receiving an award from the Queen.”

Speaking after the award ceremonies, Ambassador Simon Manley said, “I was delighted to present these two honours to Sylvia and Annette this week, for their work in Alicante. Their outstanding dedication and commitment to making others’ lives better are an inspiration.”

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