Honour comes to late for charity worker

5:52pm Thursday 20th June 2002

By staff reporter

RESIDENTS from across South Bucks appeared on the Queen's Birthday Honours list but for one charity worker an OBE came two weeks too late.

Dr Ian Dawson, of The Meadows, Flackwell Heath, died two weeks ago but was awarded the OBE for his work with St John Ambulance in providing first aid training in the airline industry.

His proud wife, Joan, said: "He had spent ages planning it. How did we get up to London? Were we going to manage? We would have probably needed a paramedic ambulance to do it but we could have arranged that."

Dr Dawson died having signed the papers accepting the award and knew he was to receive it.

But despite the sadness Mrs Dawson said her family was thrilled about the award.

She said: "Everyone thought it was absolutely brilliant. They are delighted."

Through St John Ambulance, Buckingham Palace gave the family permission to put the letters OBE after Dr Dawson's name on the funeral's order of service held on June 14. "Everyone at the service was delighted and thought it was very well deserved," said Mrs Dawson.

Another OBE recipient was David Lunn of Southbourne Drive, Bourne End.

Mr Lunn, the chief executive of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, received his award for services to the English Tourism Council, of which he is a board member. Mr Lunn said: "It is delightful to be honoured in this way. Somebody has very kindly nominated me for this."

Christoper Mitchell, chairman of the community services committee of the Corporation of the City of London, was another OBE.

He said: "I have been a member of the City Corporation for 30 years. My family were delighted of course and it was quite unexpected."

Peter Winwright from Aylesbury was made an MBE for services to the defence industry. He said: "It has been a real surprise. I had no idea, it just came out of the blue. It's the sort of thing that happens to other people not me."

Dawn Palmer from Chalfont St. Peter was awarded an MBE for her services to Guiding. She said: "I am delighted to receive the honour, and am more excited for Guiding than for myself."

Sergeant Misty Culpin, from Marlow also received an MBE. Misty, of the Ministry of Defence Police, was one of the first of four female officers to join the MDP in 1974. Police nominated her for her exceptional contribution to the MDP, particularly the management and development and training of 3500 civilian police officers stationed across the UK.

Other recipients in the area included Nidhi Dalmia of Gerrards Cross, who was awarded the MBE for services to the unemployed people and Neil Heslop from Beaconsfield, who was made an OBE, for work with BT and the charity group Blind in Business.


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