Press release: Lincoln Samaritan honoured by Queen Wednesday 20 June 2012

David Howard, a long-serving Samaritans volunteer, awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Honours List 2012Long-serving Samaritans volunteer David Howard from Louth, Lincolnshire, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012.  

Sixty nine year old David, who has been volunteering at the charity’s Lincoln branch for 38 years, was recognised for his voluntary service to Samaritans after being nominated by a fellow volunteer.

In his tenure of almost four decades as volunteer taking calls from people struggling to cope, David has held a number of additional roles within the branch. These have included delivering training to new volunteers, and acting as a board member of the branch committee. David also supports the Lincolnshire community by volunteering at local conservation groups and more recently became a guide at the local windmill.

David said: “I feel truly honored to be receiving this award, not just for myself, but on behalf of all the other dedicated volunteers. There are over 20,000 of us across the UK and Ireland and it is through working together that we can continue to deliver our lifesaving service.”

Stephen Hoddell, Samaritans Chair said:  “This length of dedication to a voluntary role is often unheard of – we are extremely proud of David’s achievement. The BEM is an honour that David fully deserves after his 38 years at Lincoln branch. Congratulations!”

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