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Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service chief executive Catherine Burn, from Newark, and founder and chairman of the Nottingham Cancer Patients and Carers Support Group, Freda Ingall, of Lambley receive BEM in Queen's Birthday Honours




The chief executive of the Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the community during covid-19.

Miss Catherine Burn, 49, from Newark, has worked for Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS) for a decade and is now the chief executive.

Under her leadership a social prescribing initiative was introduced to support vulnerable people in Bassetlaw in 2014.

Catherine Burn was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours. (42629102)
Catherine Burn was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours. (42629102)

From the outset of the covid-19 outbreak, she put in place support for the 2,300 residents on the BCVS database, and how those operations could be expanded to support the wider NHS list of vulnerable people before it was released.

In swift collaboration with Bassetlaw District Council she established the local Bassetlaw Community Hub.

When the Bassetlaw Foodbank suspended its operations due to physical storage constraints, and the fact that a lot of the volunteers were themselves vulnerable, Catherine took over all local food distribution management and coordination.

Peter Gaw, chief executive of Inspire. Picture: Colin Walls (42648170)
Peter Gaw, chief executive of Inspire. Picture: Colin Walls (42648170)

She managed the move of the stock to new distribution centres.

She made sure that the food bank could help not just those who were shielding but also those who could not afford essentials.

Mrs Freda Ingall, 83, of Lambley, also received the BEM.

Mrs Ingall is founder and lately chairman of the Nottingham Cancer Patients and Carers Support Group. She received the BEM for services to people with cancer and their carers.

As a senior cancer nurse in 1987, Mrs Ingall became acutely aware of a desperate need for information and support beyond the clinical when for many a diagnosis of cancer spelt fear, panic and confusion.

Encouraged by colleagues and friends, she established the Nottingham Cancer Patients and Carers Support Group.

For over 30 years, she is said to have been unstinting in her search for ways forward to inform and support people with cancer and their carers.

Additionally, published resources, devised under her guidance, comprise a sizeable range of information leaflets (now 38 in number) offering strategies for building physical, mental and emotional well-being for people with lives touched by cancer.

When first established, this cancer support initiative was ground-breaking.

Over three decades, the project continues to empower very many people to feel supported and informed following a diagnosis of cancer.

Peter Gaw, from Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire, chief executive, Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries also receives the BEM for services to libraries and culture.

Peter was appointed to the role of chief executive of Inspire in January 2016.

From June 2007 he was group manager – libraries, archives, information and learning at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Mr Gaw led the creation and development of the largest library based mutual in the UK, which now delivers of a range of cultural, heritage, leaning and library services across Nottinghamshire.

Inspire is a membership organisation with over 700 staff and 67,000 community members delivering culture, learning and libraries on behalf of the county council.

In April 2018 Inspire became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Mr Gaw said: "I see this as an award for all the great colleagues I have worked with over the years, whose passion to support their communities and inspire people is second to none.

"I see libraries as a great national success story, an institution that can be trusted and is ready to support people in their learning and enjoyment of community life.

"For the Inspire team here in Nottinghamshire, I hope the award will be an acknowledgement of their hard work, creativity and commitment."



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