Nantyglo fundraiser picks up British Empire Medal
1:20pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A FUNDRAISING great-grandmother who helped secure hundreds of thousands of pounds to put life-saving ambulances onto Gwent roads received a British Empire Medal yesterday.
Carole Hillman, 64, picked up the New Year Honours award at the church where she formerly sang, St Peter’s in Station Road, Blaina.
Mrs Hillman, of Nantyglo, was recognised for services to the community and St John Ambulance for more than four decades.
The dedicated fundraiser was also a founding member of the Friends of Blaina and District Hospital, who have collected £100,000, and ran the Nantyglo Gymnastics Club, which has produced several Welsh gymnasts.
The mum of three said: “Whatever I have done, there were an awful lot of other people with me.
“I don’t want to single myself out from this.”
The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Simon Boyle, presented the Queen’s award to the member of the Blaenau Gwent St John Ambulance Council.
Mr Boyle, 71, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the British Empire Medal has been reinstated.
“You can see the huge variety of things that Carole has done for her fellow man.”