SSAFA volunteers awarded in New Year's Honours
Congratulations to three of our volunteers for their awards: Michael Mogridge, Jean Davidson and John Wilson.
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Congratulations to SSAFA’s Oxfordshire Branch Secretary Michael Mogridge who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours for his voluntary service to SSAFA.
Mike joined SSAFA as a volunteer caseworker in 2001 and has been Branch Secretary since 2002 with a team of seven divisional secretaries and more than 40 caseworkers. During his time at the branch there has been a marked increase in the number of cases handled and the amount of money almonised for clients. From an annual 216 cases, for which some £100,000 was raised, the Branch average has increased to 305 cases a year and the total sum almonised for clients over the last five years has exceeded £1 million.
Mike’s dedication to the work of SSAFA has also seen him introduce and edit a popular quarterly newsletter, informing volunteers and supporters of wider developments in SSAFA and the county. And at the age of 68 in 2003 he raised £1,600 for SSAFA by walking across the Namibian Desert.
Congratulations also go to Northern Ireland Branch Secretary Jean Davidson, who was awarded an MBE for services to the community in the City and County of Londonderry and to John Michael Wilson, a caseworker for SSAFA's Greater Birmingham Branch who was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Kingstanding.