Selflessness of award winners is an example to rest of us

Oxford Mail: Selflessness of award winners is an example to rest of us Selflessness of award winners is an example to rest of us

IT is nice to end the year on a high with recognition being given to those people who go the extra mile to help others.

We are proud to celebrate the work of those who give up their spare time to improve lives and do their bit to bring some good to the community.

There are far too many to mention but some of the inspiring people include Carterton couple Graham and Pauline Evans who set up their Save the Children branch back in 1973, which has raised over £1m for disadvantaged youngsters.

And what is even more inspiring is how modest they are about their achievements. They describe how they were staggered and shocked at being awarded BEMs and even thank others for their support.

Then you have people like John Radburn from Witney who managed to turn a horrific car crash into something hugely positive. After suffering multiple injuries in the collision in 1971, Mr Radburn decided to give up his job as an engineer and instead give something back to the ambulance service, becoming one of Oxfordshire’s first paramedics.

The 63-year-old has now been awarded the BEM for his services to healthcare across the county.

There are a whole range of services and people recognised on the list and let’s hope that in the New Year others are inspired to do their bit for society and help it become a better place.

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