Two Christian Aid supporters have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List for their work in fighting global poverty.
John Mills, 73, from Monmouthshire in South Wales and David Bridge, 75, from Scarborough in North Yorkshire, were awarded MBEs in the honours list announced this week (13 June, 2009).
Mr Bridge (pictured) has worked as a volunteer for Christian Aid for more than 30 years. When he became secretary of the Scarborough Christian Aid group 11 years ago, he began creating new ways of raising money - from snooker marathons and golf tournaments to sponsored walks and concerts.
‘We’d love to clone David; he does so much and encourages others to do even more,’ said Lindsey Pearson, manager of our Yorkshire unit.
‘We’re delighted that his hard work has been recognised with this honour.’
Mr Mills has been a pioneer, establishing Christian Aid Week in his area when it was launched in 1957 and going on to organise Christian Aid Week events every May since then.
Through this drive, he has helped raise more than £250,000 for our international work.
Jeff Williams, the head of Christian Aid in Wales, said: ‘John has worked tirelessly and with extraordinary commitment in the fight against global poverty for more than 50 years.
‘He has made a significant impact on Christian Aid’s profile at the local level, and done it all with good humour and dogged determination.’