Wanstead resident Frank Charles has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his ‘hands-on’ charity work during the pandemic.
“I’m very honoured and humbled to accept the BEM award. Thank you to the Wanstead community for their amazing support throughout COVID-19. For this enabled me to do my charity work in the community supporting families and people in need,” said Frank, whose Give A Gift Appeal charity grants wishes to those with life-threatening illnesses, provides food for the homeless and, since the start of the pandemic, delivers supplies and treats to the staff at Whipps Cross Hospital.
“I would like to thank Haslers Foundation, Loughton; Carpenters and Dockland, E15; Greggs, Wanstead; Gail’s, Wanstead; Sue; Steve and Shelley; Irve and Lally; Rob and Jan; Tin In a Bin; Geoff; residents of Chester Road; The Corner House Project; Eton Manor Rugby Club; and The Cuckfield pub. Finally to Paula, my wife, who has been my mentor, motivator and support throughout.”