Honours: Inspirational Braintree man awarded MBE for work with the disabled

A DISABLED community stalwart from Braintree has been recognised for his work with a host of worthwhile projects.

Allan Millam, who uses a wheelchair, has been awarded an MBE for his involvement with Braintree’s The Tabor Centre, which provides respite care for the severely disabled, and Crossroads Care, which helps support unpaid carers.

He is also on the board of Greenfields Community Housing, which looks after 8,100 homes and 450 leasehold properties in the Braintree district.

The 71-year-old widower, who has cerebral palsy, was a councillor for Braintree District Council for 35 years and a magistrate for two decades.

He lost his wife Barbara – a music teacher and a welfare visitor for Mencap – to breast cancer 15 years ago.

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Recalling when he first heard about the MBE, the father-of-two said: “I just feel sad my wife is not around to see it.

“I did my best work when she was behind me.”

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