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We are pleased to announce that one of our trustees, Mr John Holmes, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for services to the community in Cumbria.
In addition to his role with the Lakeland Housing Trust, John is a district councillor for Bowness and Levens and the Chair of trustees for the Bendrigg Trust, a pioneering residential outdoor education centre, working with disabled and disadvantaged young people. He is a churchwarden and has been a village hall committee member for more than 10 years.
John has also served as governor at Crosthwaite Church of England School, where he was instrumental in expanding the establishment, and was also chairman of the Westmorland Damson Association. He is known as the driving force behind the Damson Fair which attracts several thousands of visitors. He also set up a Community First Response Team in the Lyth Valley where he formed a committee, raised funds and recruited team members.
On receiving the award, Mr Holmes said:
"I was completely surprised, delighted and honoured when I was informed that I was to receive an Award in a notification early in December. It was the first I knew about it. I have never sought or expected any such recognition for serving the community beyond the enjoyment of being able to help others. I am absolutely thrilled that Her Majesty has honoured me in this way. I would also like to pay tribute to my wife Caroline, without who's support over the years I would not have been able to do what I do.”
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