British Empire Medal for Kirklees Town Halls Bar Manager

Congratulations have gone to Belinda Rickerby for receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

Belinda, who is a Senior Bars Service Manager for Kirklees Town Halls, received the award for services to the community. Working with the council’s Public Health Team during lockdown, she helped people identified as at risk who were undergoing treatment for alcohol problems – work that was completely outside of her usual role.

Additionally, Belinda arranged for soft drinks and food to be donated to local food banks so no unused stock would be wasted that could help the Kirklees community.

Kirklees Town Halls Manager David Roche, who nominated Belinda for the award said:

“When approached by our Public Health Team for possible support, Belinda responded in a compassionate, helpful, and positive way. She completely understood the need and issues, despite it being completely beyond her usual work agenda and offered no judgement. Throughout the pandemic Belinda has been an absolute selfless superstar.”

Belinda, who was absolutely thrilled to be included in the New Year Honours list, said:

“I love my job and I love to learn and try new things, so in lockdown it was great to work with our Public Health Team to help vulnerable residents in Kirklees and avoid wasting stock that would have otherwise been unused. I feel really honoured to have received this award and am excited to have been invited by the Lord Lieutenant to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace later this year.”

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“I am really proud of Belinda, and all of our council employees that went the extra mile during the pandemic to support the most vulnerable people in Kirklees. This award recognises the commitment that Belinda showed in taking on a whole host of new responsibilities and working selflessly for our community.”