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Women who ‘have worked tirelessly for community’ honoured by the Queen

Women who ‘have worked tirelessly for community’ honoured by the Queen

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

TWO ‘community leaders’ from West Lancashire have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Stella Connell has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her outstanding work with homeless and vulnerable people in West Lancashire as chief executive of the Birchwood Centre.

Margaret Highton has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her voluntary work with organisations tackling issues such as hunger, financial inclusion, road safety and housing. This includes her role as director of Evermoor Community Hub in Skelmersdale.

They have both worked tirelessly for their communities for many years and continue to be extremely busy supporting people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “The council has worked closely with Stella and Margaret for many years and their work has been vital during the ongoing pandemic.

“We felt really passionate about their great work so we put in our nominations and are absolutely delighted to hear they have been given these well-deserved honours. Congratulations to them both.”

MP Rosie Cooper added: “It is fantastic to see that the work of Evermore Hub and The Birchwood Centre, their workers, volunteers and their own personal tireless efforts, is recognised through these Honours.

“Having worked with both Margaret and Stella for the past fifteen years, I know just how passionate they are about supporting the local community and particularly vulnerable people in Skelmersdale and West Lancashire.

“The work of both organisations through the pandemic crisis and lockdown has been inspirational ensuring local residents and families had access to food through their foodbanks and their work with the council.”

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