Harold Wood woman received MBE from the Queen
A Harold Wood woman has been given an MBE by the Queen for her voluntary work and work in the community over 35 years.
Pauline Obee, of Ronald Road, received the award last week at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
She was recognised as a volunteer fundraiser for St Francis Hospice for 15 years; for working as a magistrate in Havering and then across Essex for 13 years, and for opening up the Rainbow Trust shop in Station Road, Harold Wood and running it for 16 years.
Pauline said about the ceremony: “It was the most incredible day I have ever had.I have met so many people who deserved it, so it was humbling to receive it.”
She took her husband and three daughters to the ceremony.
You may also want to watch:
She added: “I did speak to the Queen. She asked me how many years I had done work in the community. I said 35 years, and she said “Oh, that’s a very long time”. I am pleased we had a little conversation about it.”
Pauline said she did the voluntary work because she wanted to be involved in the area she lived in.
- 1 How did your Havering GP surgery score in NHS patient survey?
- 2 New Home Bargains store to open in Romford
- 3 Romford drama students to feature alongside celebrities in new WW2 film
- 4 10-storey block expansion of 700-home development in Rainham gets go-ahead
- 5 Free swimming for schoolchildren in Havering launched ahead of Olympics
- 6 Secondary schools in Havering rated outstanding by Ofsted
- 7 Havering residents warned of weed which can cause ‘severe blistering’
- 8 Dagenham seal comfortable win over Hornchurch in pre-season
- 9 Four-car crash in Havering-atte-Bower reignites calls for 20mph speed limit
- 10 Heritage: Romford's key role in the English Civil War
She added: “The charities were all part of the community, and as a magistrate I was dealing with conflicts and difficulties that arose in the community. I wanted to make it a better place.”
She said: “I started fundraising for St Francis because they needed help at the time as they were so new. Then I became a magistrate because I was interested after I did jury service.
“I got involved with the Rainbow Trust after a family in Hornchurch asked me to fundraise after the charity helped them and their son.”
She said she initially took on the shop for three months, but described it as a “roundabout she couldn’t get off,” and decided to continue.”