Legal Assistant Margaret Beacham, who is based in Churchers Cowes office and works in the Wills and Probate team, is celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal for voluntary service to young people in the Isle of Wight in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours List.
She was honoured for the work she has done with Ryde Sea Cadets over the past 17 years. She is now the Chair of the Sea Cadets but started out in 2005 volunteering in whatever way she could for the group when her son joined.
Margaret has co-ordinated fundraising that has transformed the fabric of the former fire station where the sea cadets are based, raised money for new equipment and new initiatives and helped the volunteer staff in the group deliver excellent experiences for the young cadets.
Discovering she had been honoured in mid-April by finding a letter on her mat from the Cabinet Office, Margaret says “I was told that I couldn’t tell anyone and so I didn’t. I kept it to myself until the announcement was made during the Platinum Jubilee weekend. I was completely blown away when I read the letter and realised that I hadn’t done anything wrong and this official letter was actually something really nice. I am just so proud of the Sea Cadets unit and how far we have come over the years. It has been a team effort from the commanding officer, the volunteer instructors and everyone else also associated with the group. Everyone gives so much of their time for the young people in the Sea Cadets and this award is as much for them as it is for me.”
Margaret’s friends and colleagues at Churchers are so delighted for her.