Isle of Wight church warden and fundraiser Rosemary Mitchell, who is to be presented with the British Empire Medal. Picture by Peter Boam.
THE British Empire Medal is to be presented to two Isle of Wight women tonight (Wednesday) as part of the Lord Lieutenant’s awards.
The annual awards recognise military, public service and community achievements and will be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.
Churchwarden and fundraiser Rosemary Mitchell, of East Cowes, and Bembridge resident Jillie Wheeler, who with her dog Cassie has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity, will be presented with the British Empire Medal, on behalf of the Queen.
Other awards and honours to be presented include the Arctic Star medal for merchant seaman who served in the Second World War Arctic Convoys, the Merchant Seafarer Medal, the Red Cross Badge of Honour for Devoted Service and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary Awards.
Badges will also be presented to three young people as they are inaugurated as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets — Cadet Sergeant Buyant-Ukhaa Brouwer of Isle of Wight Squadron, Corporal Chloe Remnant, Unit 2 Troop at Ryde Army Cadet Force and Leading Cadet Rowan Wanstall of Ryde Sea Cadets.
Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White said: "This is my annual opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the commitment of all those who give so much to the community, particularly in support of our armed forces and other uniformed services.
"It is a particular pleasure this year to present two British Empire Medals on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen."