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Unsung heroes to be honoured.

Byline: Report by Thomas Parkes

Unsung heroes in the Black Country are set to receive honours at a celebration next month.

Four people in the area along with 11 people from the West Midlands will be handed their British Empire Medal (BEM) on September 12.

Bishop Stanford Fairin, from Warley, will receive his BEM after he was recognised for his community work in Sandwell - having created a care centre to support the Afro-Caribbean in the borough.

The Cape Community Care Centre, Dudley Road, is supported by Sandwell Council and serves 52 people.

The 78-year-old acts as a caretaker for the centre - helping to spot illnesses, drive people to the home and organises meals and activities. Susan Allen, from Heath Town, will be handed of the BEM for her services in the community. Ms Allen leads a 40-strong volunteering group behind the Hope Community Project, which helps vulnerable people - tackling issues including drugs, crime, violence and unemployment.

And although she has retired as the project manager for the charity, she has raised PS250,000 to develop the services further.

Barry Clark, from Wollaston, has been rewarded for services to libraries in the community.

Jagdev Singh Mavi, from Walsall, is set to receive a BEM for services to the Sikh community in the town.

Eleven other people across the wider West Midlands will be rewarded for their work - with student care, community work and care to help vulnerable people praised.

A BEM will be handed to the sister of Norma Ann Boyd, from Northfield, who was recognised for services to the community.


Jagdev Singh Mavi

Bishop Stanford Fairin

Librarian Barry Clark

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
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Date:Aug 30, 2019
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