Birthday Honours List 2020

Three people from the Isle of Wight were recognised with honours from HM The Queen in the delayed Birthday Honours announced over the weekend

Major Randal Cross has been awarded the MBE for his services to the community in Ryde and the Isle of Wight 

Major Cross has worked to support All Saints Church Ryde for 40 years since he first became a member of the PCC in 1980. His roles have been many and he has been a stalwart in supporting all aspects of Church life.  He has been ever present supporting all the different Vicars of All Saints over the years.

He has been an outstanding and conscientious caseworker for SSAFA and was a volunteer for St John’s Ambulance for many years representing the Isle of Wight St John’s Ambulance at national level. His selfless contribution to the community of the Isle of Wight has been recognised with this honour.

Ms Jo Dare has been awarded the BEM for her role as Chief Executive of Age UK, Isle of Wight for services to Older People.

Jo Dare has been Chief Executive of Age UK Isle of Wight for 15 years and has worked tirelessly championing the needs of older residents on the Isle of Wight.  She is an inspirational leader to her team and has shown a determination to ensure that assistance is available to all Older people who need it.

Ms Clare Griffin has been awarded the MBE for services to the community on the Isle of Wight and particularly during COVID 19.

Clare has managed and developed the West Wight Sports and Community Centre for 30 years .  She has built it into a thriving Charity that supports the community in a myriad of ways.  She has developed numerous projects that support the most vulnerable in our society.  At the start of COVID lockdown she turned the Sports Centre into the West Wight Community Support Hub that supported the local community during lockdown and continues to do so now.