Veronica Stuart, events coordinator at Melford Hall, amazed by BEM in Birthday Honours

Veronica Stuart has been awarded the BEM for services to heritage. She is a volunteer at Melford Hal

Veronica Stuart has been awarded the BEM for services to heritage. She is a volunteer at Melford Hall. - Credit: Gregg Brown

The events coordinator at a much-loved National Trust property said she screamed on finding out she was to be awarded the British Empire Medal.

Veronica Stuart, of Long Melford, volunteers at Melford Hall and has received the honour for her services to heritage.

The 71-year-old said she was away from home when the letter from the cabinet office arrived.

On reading it when she returned Mrs Stuart said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was so amazed to get it, I really was.

“I was so shocked I couldn’t tell you. I don’t feel I deserve it.”

The retired film and TV producer has volunteered at the hall for 11 years, spending nine of those a its events coordinator.

She said most of her work revolves around events for children and took up a lot of her time.

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“I think I have been there every day for the last three weeks,” Mrs Stuart added.

“But being a volunteer for the National Trust beats watching daytime TV.”

Mr Stuart also said the honour was not just for her, but for the events team she works with at the hall and the hard work they put into make its events successful.

“I would recommend to anyone to volunteer for the National Trust,” she said. “It’s like a gigantic family.”

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