SCLT Volunteer Receives National Honour
Thursday 9th July 2015 has seen SCLT volunteer and co-founder Ashley Jones traveling to a prestigious investiture ceremony at the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster to receive his British Citizen Award (BCA) medal for community service.
Ashley co-founded the SCLT charity in 2009 and has been its chair of trustees since it achieved registered charity status in 2012, as well as being one of the most enthusiastic members of the charity’s Public Presentation Team. He has personally lead hundreds of senior safety presentations to thousands of older adults throughout the South West of England and South Wales.
Ash received his ‘Medal of Honour’ from Baroness Wilcox and Afghanistan RAF veteran and double amputee Duncan Slater. The medal investiture was followed by a lap of honour for all of the 30 medallists in 2 open-top buses and a reception in the nearby Church House.
Following the ceremony Ash commented’ “I feel very thrilled and especially humbled to have been singled out for this very distinguished national honour. I have made it very clear that I have accepted this award on behalf of all the dedicated volunteers of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, who tirelessly strive towards our vision of keeping older adults safe from deceptions, scams and cons”
Ash was nominated for a BCA by former colleague and SCLT trustee, Jonathan Williams, who joined him at the medal investiture ceremony.
Mr Williams said: “Ashley devotes literally every hour of his precious spare time to running the Senior Citizens Liaison Team.
“He somehow manages to juggle this along with the demands of his very high-intensity day job with a normal family life, as well as volunteering with national veterans’ charity SSAFA Forces Help, and holding a voluntary public appointment on the South West Veterans’ Advisory & Pensions Committee.
“Clearly driven by a strong determination to keep people safe, he shows boundless enthusiasm for every element of his involvement with the SCLT. It is indicative of the man that Ashley has never sought, nor received any personal recognition or accolade for his contribution to the SCLT or for his efforts with other charities.
“He is a genuine and thoroughly deserving recipient for the prestigious BCA medal.”
The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January this year to honour the incredible accomplishments of individuals in society who positively impact their communities. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked
The recipients of the award receive a specially minted 'Medal of Honour' which is inscribed with the words 'For the Good of the Country' and may use the post-nominal letters 'BCA' after their name.