Two Tandridge residents receive MBEs in Queen's birthday list

Two Tandridge residents have been given MBEs in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Stephen Blunden, from Oxted, was appointed a Member of the British Empire for his services to children and young people.

Having spent nearly 40 years of his life working to improve the opportunities available to them, he spent 17 years as the chief executive of Childhood First, a charity that provides specialist, round-the-clock treatment and therapeutic education for severely traumatised children.

Robert (Chris) Brewer, who lives in Limpsfield, is the patron and former chairman of YMCA East Surrey, and was awarded his MBE for charitable services to young people.

Dedicating the last 60 years to charitable organisations, in 1997 he created a trust which uses his own wealth to support projects that focus on those with disabilities or who are disadvantaged. He had been on the board of the YMCA East Surrey for 28 years, 13 of those as chairman. When he stepped down in 2019 he was presented with the Order of the Red Triangle: the most prestigious award given by the institution.



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