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Queen’s BEM honour for selfless charity couple from Sutton on Sea

Tony and Ruth Knowles pictured with their official letters on the news of their BEM from the Cabinet Office. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

Tony and Ruth Knowles pictured with their official letters on the news of their BEM from the Cabinet Office. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

 

A selfless charity fundraising duo have been recognised by the Queen in her New Year Honours list and will receive the British Empire Medal.

Tony and Ruth Knowles, from Sutton on Sea, have been acknowledged for their outstanding charitable services to neurosurgical treatment during the past 14 years.

The couple began their charity crusade after their daughter Emma-Jayne died of a brain tumour in 1998, just two weeks before her 23rd birthday.

Both Tony and Ruth say they are forever grateful to Hull Royal Infirmary’s neurosurgical unit for all the help they gave their daughter with her treatment - and wanted to do something to help save lives.

The Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund was then formed and has since raised in excess of £134,388 through the fund’s popular bikeathon and walkathon events. Last year alone they raised more than £6,000.

Since the news broke of their BEM, floods of well wishes and a refreshed lease of life for their charity has overwhelmed the couple.

Ruth said: “When I saw the letters I literally burst into tears, I could not believe that myself and Tony have received this honour.

“Myself and Tony have been in shock all over the Christmas period and the support we have received where we live has been so overwhelming.

“We would just like to thank everyone for all their well wishes and cards and thank you for supporting us over the last 14 years.

“It is lovely to think we are helping to save lives and since the announcement it is great to see that a new lease of life has cast over the memorial fund as new individuals are coming forward to support the cause which is truly amazing.”

The couple are hoping to receive their medals at The Royal Oak Inn, better known as The Splash, in Little Cawthorpe near Louth at a date to be confirmed. They will be presented with their medals by her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Lincolsnhire, Tony Worth.

 

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