THE Ballymena NI Hospice Support Group has congratulated Muriel Barr who has received a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mrs Barr received the award ‘for services to the Northern Ireland Hospice.’
In a statement, the Ballymena NI Hospice Support Group said: ‘What amazing news for our team member Muriel.
‘This award is thoroughly deserved and we are so proud to have her enthusiasm, her dedication and her voice in our group.
‘She works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and the Northern Ireland Hospice.
‘She is a driving force within the group and she keeps us all on our toes. Congratulations Muriel”.
Northern Ireland Hospice, meanwhile, said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Muriel Barr, Secretary of the Ballymena Support Group for Northern Ireland Hospice, has been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
‘Following the death of her mother, Muriel wanted to give something back to Hospice who had cared for her mother during her final days. Muriel joined the Support Group over ten years ago and has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the local charity.
‘Muriel’s enthusiasm, positivity and kindness makes her a wonderful representative for Hospice. Well done on this fantastic award!’.
Muriel, from Ballymena’s Cullybackey Road, says she is “honoured” and “very proud” to have been awarded her BEM – but was quick to point out it was a team effort at the local group.
Muriel said: “I started getting involved with Northern Ireland Hospice because my mother was there during the last weeks of her life. When I retired I said I wanted to give something back to Hospice”.
Muriel is well known in Ballymena having spent 45 years connected to the Girls’ Brigade – 30 as an Officer and four as Captain.
She is a major driver behind the annual Jingle All The Way fundraiser which sees groups, clubs, and individuals raise cash.