We are delighted that Patricia (Pat) Finch has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to disabled people.
In receiving this Honour, no small part of Pat’s work has been and continues to be with her local Halliwick swimming club, Barry Beavers in Halliwick ASTRA 15 (Wales). The Chairman of Barry Beavers, Chris Economides, has written a little bit about Pat and her work:
Patricia Finch has been a prominent and inspirational volunteer for Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club since 1983.
As Club Secretary, Gala Coach, and a Trustee of the club, this means a full life of giving in all aspects of work and activities to the club. Pat epitomises what volunteering means, giving so much to the community, especially to disabled people of all ages who have gained so much from being part of Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club.
Pat is a great ambassador for Halliwick too, giving her time as committee member for Halliwick ASTRA 15 for many, many years.
Pat also volunteers for a local conservation charity close to her home, as well as being a valued long-term Trustee for Glamorgan Voluntary Services.
Being awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List is a much-deserved recognition for a person who has given so much, and in a very humble way.
Our congratulations go out to Pat; we are so pleased to share this news.