Resident Sheila Cole has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to the community in Pinner.
Sheila was recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours list, which marks the achievements of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Sheila told PinnerNews “When I was notified by the cabinet office about the award I was amazed and astonished, it was unbelievable. I have always enjoyed doing this over many years.”
Sheila has played an important role in the community over the years, being involved with the Pinn Medical Centre Patients’ Association (PMCPA), Pinner Local History Society and the Harrow Talking Newspaper.
George Bardwell, PMCPA Trustee said: “We are delighted that Sheila Cole, a Board Member of the Association for 20 years, has been awarded a BEM. Sheila was a founding member of the Association in 2001 and started by helping the surgery as a volunteer driver.
In 2009 she began coordinating the transport for all those unable to get to hospital or surgery appointments, shopping and visiting. For 15 years she also organised the distribution of the Pinn Piper newsletter throughout Pinner. Her honour is richly deserved.”
In a government press release, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the outstanding efforts of those receiving honours today are a welcome reminder of the strength of human spirit, and of what can be achieved through courage and compassion.
The 2021 New Year Honours offer us an opportunity to salute their dedication and recognise many who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our country.”