Celebrating the MBE Award of Tom Cleator

On Tuesday 4th December, Lion Court held an informal gathering to celebrate the award of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to Tom Cleator, Honorary Life Vice President of AFG.

Service Users and staff gathered in the Dining area of Lion Court to commemorate Tom’s wonderful achievement.  And at 1.30pm, Tom’s arrival with wife Sheila was met with loud applause and a warm welcome from Chief Executive, Neil Campbell.

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Guests then enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch and browsed the Christmas Pop up Shop, an array of Christmas goodies on offer – plant baskets and gift wrapped sweets and biscuits – homemade and sold by Service Users and staff of West Lancashire, which added to the Christmassy atmosphere.  Finance Director Samantha Proffitt won the sumptuous Christmas homemade cake in the raffle so a very well done to you!

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After lunch, Tom humbly shared his royal experience with the room.

Tom says

“I was most surprised to receive a letter informing me that I was to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. It was such a shock that I had to read it several times with shaking hands before it sunk in.

“Then I was delighted and proud, but also very humble. Proud because the citation reads ‘for services to people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions’, so highlighting and recognising the services provided by AFG.

“It has been a privilege to work at AFG for the 18 years of my Trusteeship, and latterly, as Chairman.

“I have made many friends amongst the Service Users over that time and witnessed first-hand the enthusiasm and commitment of staff throughout the Charity in providing care and support to Service Users.’

Tom finally dedicated his award to AFG Service Users and his wife Sheila; and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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IMG_4700 compressedCongratulations Tom for your award which is so richly deserved.