R.E.A.C.H Resident John to receive British Empire Medal (B.E.M) Kings Birthday Honours

Rehabilitation, Education and Community Homes (R.E.A.C.H) are extremely pleased to announce the news that John McDowell 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 has been 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, Black 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 loyalty and determination. Every day, regardless of rain or shine, John is out there looking after the green spaces for his community. We are so very proud of John and are so excited in his achievement. 

We are delighted that John has been acknowledged for all the volunteer work he has been committed to for so long, his dedication should not go unnoticed. As far as we are aware this is the first time an individual with Learning Disability who lives in Residential Care has been awarded in the British Honorary system. We are so overwhelmed for John and also for the recognition that the right support at R.E.A.C.H has allowed John to maximise his abilities and thrive.

We look forward to sharing with you more news on this soon,

Kind regards, 
Nassrin Saeedi

Operations Director