In 2009 I had the honour of receiving the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. When I received the letter I actually let it sit for two days as I thought it might have been a bill or something. So you can imagine my shock when I opened the envelope and read the letter!
When I finally opened the envelope it became one of the best mornings of my life…I cried…I called all my family…I really could not believe what I was reading. I have worked very hard from an early age and all my life really because I was following my passion so to be told that I was going to receive an MBE in recognition of this work was indescribable. I am so proud to be a Member of the Order of the British Empire and having Majesty Queen Elizabeth II present me with the beautiful Grand Cross Star was too wonderful for words. My only wish was that my father was here to share the moment but the letter now hangs proudly over my desk as a reminder of the great honour I’ve been given.