Two recipients of the British Empire Medal to attend ceremony at city's Town Hall

Two recipients of the British Empire Medal will attend a ceremony at Peterborough Town Hall tomorrow (7 November) to be officially presented with their medals by the Lord Lieutenant.

The British Empire Medal will be presented to Natasha Dalton and Felicity Alice Bailey by the HM Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE on behalf of HM The Queen at an investiture ceremony at Peterborough Town Hall from 10am.

The presentations will be made as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017 which recognises over 130 people who have made outstanding contributions to education, children’s services or advancing equality and diversity.

Also in attendance will be the leader of Peterborough City Council, Cllr John Holdich and High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Richard Pemberton who will read the official citations and Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Fox.

Natasha Dalton

Natasha will receive the honour for services to further education gained in her role at City College Peterborough.

As a tutor of young people at City College Peterborough, Tasha Dalton has always been a passionate believer in giving disabled people a voice and focusing on what they can do by turning self-doubt into self-belief.

Tasha has designed an acclaimed training programme called Access Champions which has now been accredited as a national qualification. The programme supports young people with disabilities to undertake access audits and as such builds their confidence with meaningful skills and work experience opportunities.

Tasha also volunteers for Cruse Bereavement Care and Sue Ryder to support people who are bereaved, and the Charlie Chimp club which works with children who have lost a loved one.

Felicity Bailey

Felicity will receive the honour for her services to children gained in her role as teaching assistant at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, Peterborough.

Felicity works voluntarily in the dining hall every day at break-time and lunch-time, and has, for many years, maintained many of the college gardens in her own free time. She also makes the floral arrangements and the decorations for the Year 11 Prom and Year 13 Ball.

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