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British Empire Medal holders visit Dudley Mayor

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The Mayor of Dudley has welcomed four borough residents, who were recently awarded British Empire Medals, to Dudley Council House today.

Alex Griffiths, Rose Cook-Monk, Geoffrey Granner and Jacqueline Careless received the medals from the Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands in September.

The Honour recognises people who give a huge amount to support their communities, with a total of 25 medals handed out to people living in the West Midlands this year.

Alex Griffiths, a 22-year-old Clinical Support Worker at Russells Hall Hospital, worked on Covid wards during the height of the pandemic before pushing himself further by enrolling on a masters degree course in Adult and Child Nursing at Birmingham City University.

Rose Cook-Monk has dedicated her life to helping good causes in Dudley. She set up the Duncan Edwards Foundation, which raises money for underprivileged children. She walked 130 miles in 2013 along the Great Wall of China to raise £12,000 for Breast Cancer UK and has worked tirelessly as volunteer for 'Operation Santa', collecting and distributing toys for local children.

Geoffrey David Granner is from Halesowen. As well as being a magistrate for 21 years, he had a role with the Independent Monitoring Boards at HMP Oakwood in Wolverhampton, which meant advocating for people in prison. The role transformed Geoffrey's vision of the justice system, as he became a person that inmates could talk to, to ensure they were treated fairly.

EcoBirmingham’s Community Learning Program Manager, Jackie Careless, donated over 300 kits to people to encourage them to grow their own food through her work at Allen’s Cross Community Gardens. The garden at Allen’s Cross Community Association, grows produce and supplies fresh vegetables to the community.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, The Mayor of Dudley, said:

It is an immense privilege to meet with these four amazing people today and to hear about what their British Empire Medal means to them.
I’m especially delighted to be able to give my thanks for all they have done for the people of Dudley, they have selflessly given so much to help others in their communities and there can be no doubt they have each made special and unique contributions to our borough.

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