Fulham Couple Receive New Year's Honour

Julian and Maria Sturdy-Motion both awarded British Empire Medal

Julian and Maria Sturdy-MotionJulian and Maria Sturdy-Motion. Picture: A Bit of TLC

A couple from Fulham have received the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

69-year-old Julian Sturdy-Motion and 70-year-old Maria Sturdy-Motion received the award for their services to the community in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham during Covid-19.

The husband and wife have always been actively involved in their community whether it was helping and caring for the homeless, offering support to the local pensioners, setting up all kinds of social events to welcome everyone and create a more inclusive, friendly and active community.

In response to Covid, they set up an online delivery service of fresh produce that could be ordered and delivered within 24 hours.

They invited a number of local wholesalers to participate in this initiative, whose same businesses would otherwise have suffered due to the reduced footfall of customers. Naturally, these suppliers were very happy to be onboard as it kept their businesses afloat.

They amassed and organised groups of volunteers to source, sort and box specific orders which were then delivered individually to each customer.

Along with the good-will of all those who participated, a substantial percentage of food boxes, aptly named Thought for Food, were generously donated to those in need.

Other with local connections feature on the list was Jason Swettenham, who received an MBE, for services to sport. He is responsible for physical education in the nation’s prisons and, among many other initiatives he introduced Boats Not Bars into a number of prisons, working in partnership with Fulham Reach Rowing Club.

Victoria Cochrane, the Director of Midwifery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, was awarded and MBE for years of service in midwifery and for outstanding service to the community.

Victoria Cochrane, the Director of Midwifery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Victoria Cochrane received an MBE

Vicki has been a midwife in the NHS for 19 years. Throughout her career, she has also worked in senior leadership and management positions—including her role as Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Co-chair of the Trust’s Women’s Network, and Cultural Safety Champion in maternity services.

Lesley Watts, CEO of the Trust said: “Vicki Cochrane has been our Director of Midwifery for three years and has many years of service in midwifery, heading up midwifery and maternity services across both hospital sites. I’ve seen her go from strength to strength, overseeing many CQC visits with outstanding results.

“Vicki is a true expert in her field and I’m incredibly proud of her. I am delighted that she has been recognised for her commitment, professionalism and leadership. This prestigious award is a testimony to all her hard work.”

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January 4, 2022