Local learner awarded British Empire Medal (BEM)

Graham Witter, Cheshire College – South & West Business Alumni, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for his support to the local community. 

Since leaving the College in 2014, Graham has organised the popular Weston Christmas Lights display at his family’s farm in Weston and over the last eight years, he has raised over £125,850 for families who rely on The Donna Louise Hospice for care, support and respite services.  

Describing his delight at the award, Graham said: “I felt very humbled and proud when I received my BEM. I never expected to receive such recognition and honour. 

“I was totally overwhelmed by messages, comments, cards and emails to congratulate me on my award. 

“I had excellent support from all my tutors within College and they actively encouraged me to progress. The Business department has excellent lecturers, their friendly personality and smiling faces made every day enjoyable.  

“I am keen to develop my career, working in the NHS over the coming year and gain a project management qualification. Obviously, this is alongside continuing to bring happiness and festive cheer to our community each December and make Christmas memorable for families and young children.” 

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, commented: “Congratulations and a massive well done to Graham. Everyone at the College is extremely proud of his work and it is great to see his efforts recognised.  

“Weston Christmas Lights is a wonderful example of the community spirit across Cheshire, that has been so evident throughout these challenging times.” 

The next Weston Christmas Lights event, the ‘Starlit Garden’, will shine bright between 1 – 28 December, with donations being collected for The Donna Louise Hospice. The whole community is invited to visit this year and to keep everybody safe, well and healthy, the event will be a drive-thru following a simple one-way traffic system.  

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