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George receives his MBE.

THE respected chairman and founder of BlindVoice UK has received his MBE in recognition of his hard work with the Stockton-based charity.

George Glass was presented with the medal from Sir Paul Nicholson, Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at a special presentation at Stockton Town Hall this week.

In 1997, George and a group of like-minded people met to discuss issues on all aspects of total sight loss. A group was formed with its motto a George Bernard Shaw quote "to become a voice for the hearts that break the silence", hence the original name Stockton Blind People's Voice UK, the voice that represents blind people.

Through his years as chairman George has helped the charity go from strength to strength, from employing its first manager to being recognised as a leading charity for those with sight loss in Teesside.

In 2004, the charity was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and George was presented to Her Majesty The Queen to collect the gong.

Manager Christine Durnion said on learning of his award: "I was inspired by George many years ago and have been privileged to manage and develop the charity with his guidance."

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WHAT AN HONOUR: Councillor Lynne Apedaile, Mayor of Stockton, George Glass MBE, Sir Paul Nicholson, Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, and Maurice Apedaile, Stockton mayor's consort
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2013
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