Local Bury resident Tina Harrison has recently been awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Sharman Birtles.
The MBE is a prestigious award given to individuals who have provided long-term, significant service to the community, or who have been responsible for significant social impact.
Tina, who is a tenant board member at Six Town Housing, has been described as the “heart and soul of her community” and over the years has established various local groups to address crime, social isolation, financial hardship, cohesion and anti-social behaviour.
“I am honoured to receive this award. I love the community we have in Bury and I believe it is so important that we offer services that local people need and want. Receiving this MBE has been an honour, and it seems even more poignant now with the sad news of the Queen’s passing.”
During lockdown, Tina supported the Trinity Foodbank to expand their services to provide to more vulnerable people with essential provisions.
Numerous organisations, including Six Town Housing and Bury Council relied on the foodbank during these times, and due to Tina’s help they were able to support over 100 families a week with food provisions, prescriptions, house moves for rough sleepers and welfare visits.
With Tina’s direction and leadership Trinity Foodbank has now moved to a larger premises, sourced vital donations, and recruited additional volunteers.
Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive at Six Town Housing, said:
“Tina is a very valued board member and support to the local community. As well as supporting the foodbank she also set up Corrie Gardeners – a new group for young people and families to learn about gardening – and a drop-in café that provides free meals and advice with legal matters and support with Universal Credit applications. This type of service is so valuable to our residents. It goes without saying that the work she has done has made a significant impact and we couldn’t be prouder!”
Sharon McCambridge and Tina Harrison
Tina Harrison pictured at the award ceremony which was held at Radcliffe FC.
Pictured left to right: Sgt Matthew Doyle ,Vice Lord Lieutenant Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Tina Harrison ,Mayor of Bury Shaheena Haroon, Deputy Mayor Ayesha Arif ,Inspector Kevin Wright and P.C Adam Bateman.Back to news