Berkhamsted charity volunteer receives New Year’s Honour

A devoted volunteer from Berkhamsted has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 by the Queen for her outstanding charity work with The Children’s Society.

Ann Browning, 83, was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her charitable work for The Children’s Society, a national charity that supports vulnerable young people across the country. She has worked as a dedicated volunteer for the charity for 23 years, raising vital funds through the local Berkhamsted Committee.

Ann, who is a retired GP, has been chair of the Berkhamsted Committee for 20 years and it has raised thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children each year by organising many events.  These include an Open Gardens at Ashridge House, needlecraft exhibitions, concerts by friends in the musical world, supermarket collections, coffee mornings and an annual dinner by candlelight including live music and a raffle.

But their biggest fundraiser for The Children’s Society is the annual Berkhamsted Walk, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in May.  Last year the event raised more than £8,500 and over almost five decades it has helped to raise more than £300,000 for vulnerable children.

Ann has worked on numerous fundraising activities for The Children’s Society over the years including coordinating the collection boxes and organising the Christingle services at St Michael & All Angels Church Sunnyside.

Ann Browning said: “I feel a great sense of achievement when our fundraising activities are a success, but I couldn’t do it without the tremendous work of my committee members, so I count this award as a tribute to us all.

“This work has been such a help to me personally since my husband died five years ago, keeping me occupied and always planning the next event. So I thank The Children’s Society for keeping my brain alive!”

The Children’s Society’s Regional Relationship Manager, Rachel Brockie said: “We’re thrilled that Ann has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List as she has been the driving force behind so many successful fundraising events for The Children’s Society and kept a small committee going strong.

“We want to say a huge thank you from The Children’s Society for all her hard work, especially with the Berkhamsted Walk turning 50 this year. What a fantastic year 2018 will be for Ann and the committee!”

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