Decades of support shown by dedicated medal recipients

HONOURS  From left, Cadet Sergeant Priyadurga Suburayan (Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet), Maud Hobbs, Cadet Colour Sergeant Dominic Godbold (Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet), Phyllis Inglis, Steven Large, Lynne Caine, Jonathan Yates, Patricia Spiers, Mrs Rebecca Binstead, Julie Scarborough, Geoffrey Morgan, Muriel Deacon. Picture: Tony Knight Photography and Media
HONOURS From left, Cadet Sergeant Priyadurga Suburayan (Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet), Maud Hobbs, Cadet Colour Sergeant Dominic Godbold (Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet), Phyllis Inglis, Steven Large, Lynne Caine, Jonathan Yates, Patricia Spiers, Mrs Rebecca Binstead, Julie Scarborough, Geoffrey Morgan, Muriel Deacon. Picture: Tony Knight Photography and Media

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BETWEEN them they have clocked up decades of dedicated voluntary service, focusing on helping the community.

And now they have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Julie Scarborough, from Widley, Muriel Deacon, from Copnor, and Jonathan Yates, from Lee-on-the-Solent, were among those presented with medals at a ceremony at Serle’s House, Winchester, by Dame Mary Fagan, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.

Mrs Scarborough, 78, of The Crest, has earned the moniker Champion Fundraiser with her charity sales and Christmas grottos, but said she was shocked to be told just how much she has raised.

‘Apparently it’s £500,000. I couldn’t believe it,’ said Mrs Scarborough.

‘The main charities have been Queen Alexandra Hospital’s Rocky Appeal, The Rowans Hospice, and Naomi House.

‘There have also been individual children that I’ve helped over the years. It feels wonderful to have received the medal. I can’t describe how happy I am about it.

‘But I do think “why was I chosen?” when there are so many other amazing people out there who do so much.’

Mrs Deacon, 86, was honoured for her work with Portsmouth Pensioners’ Association over the last 23 years.

She has been chairwoman, and is now president, and has campaigned on issues as varied as pensions and footcare for older people.

She said: ‘It went very well indeed. My two daughters came with me and they thoroughly enjoyed it too.

‘There is such a need for the association. People think pensioners are well off but, believe you me, they’re not.

‘It can be very tough.’

Top trumpeter Jonathan Yates earned a British Empire Medal for playing in the Royal Marines Band since the age of 14.

The experienced bandsman, of Lee-on-the-Solent, was formerly Trumpet Professor in the service. Mr Yates is now Principal Trumpet in the Royal Marines Association Concert Band.