Rehabilitation, Education and Community Homes (R.E.A.C.H ) are extremely pleased to announce that John McDowell B.E.M of Buckinghamshire has been awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M) as part of the King’s Birthday Honours List (17/06/2023) for his volunteer work. John McDowell is a resident of R.E.A.C.H. since we opened our doors 28 years ago. For over 26 years John has volunteered in the parks of Buckinghamshire & Berkshire including Herschel Park, Burnham Beeches, Salt Hill Park, the Swan Sanctuary and more. The time and effort John has dedicated to the nature of his local community is a testament to his character.
John was awarded his British Empire Medal on a wonderfully sunny Wednesday morning on November 15th at Penn House in a ceremony hosted by Countess Howe, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. In attendance was Patricia Birchley Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, Alexander Boswell DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Honours Committee, Mr Andrew M Smith OBE Deputy Lieutenant, Adam Payne & Matilda Moss representing Buckinghamshire Council Adult Social care along with Johns family, staff & residents of R.E.A.C.H.
As far as we are aware this is the first time an individual with Learning Disability who lives in a Residential Care has been awarded in the British Honorary system. We are so very proud of John and all he has accomplished. We are a firm believer that by providing consistent high quality care, building strong relationships with local authorities and families gives every individual in residential care the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their wishes.
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Please watch this space for news following John’s incredible achievement.