Wanting to help his local community during a time of need, catering manager at Oracle Linlithgow, David Sharp is set to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to his home town community of Menstrie during the pandemic.
As Chair of Menstrie Community Council, David was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his outstanding contribution throughout the crisis. He has been leading the community response to Covid-19 in Menstrie for many months since lockdown began in March.
His service offered through the community council included helping with food shopping, collecting prescriptions, village litter picks, crosswords and quizzes and movie night parcels for teenagers.
David secured funding of up to £10,000 from The National Lottery and local supermarkets to help set up a food bank for residents who were self-isolating or shielding.
Since April, David has been organising and dropping off 150 food parcels a week for elderly and vulnerable individuals in the village. More than 3000 parcels have been distributed to date.
Not one to rest on his laurels, he arranged VE Day gifts for over 500 children around Menstrie, and home baked afternoon tea for 140 elderly individuals.
David said: “It has been a great pleasure to receive the honour to be included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list and to receive the British Empire Medal, something I will cherish for many a year to come. I would like to personally thank my wife, Val, family and volunteers for assisting me during this difficult time.”
David will be receiving the award from Clackmannanshire’s Lord Lieutenant Lt Col Johnny Stewart at a ceremony when it is safe to do so.