MANSFIELD Woodhouse volunteer Yvette Price-Mear has been awarded the prestigious Order of Mercy medal for her ‘wonderful’ service to the community.
The League of Mercy was originally created in 1899 by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria for the recognition of voluntary work in the community.
It was re-founded as a registered charity in 1999 and honours those who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary service to those in need.
Yvette said: “I still haven’t come down to earth yet, the investiture was an incredibly moving experience, especially when you saw some of the other recipients. There was not a dry eye in the house.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience and an amazing occasion. I was so honoured to be there. It was too much to take in.”
Over the past 30 years, Yvette has volunteered and raised money for almost 20 charitable organisations, such as MIND and the British Red Cross. She is also involved in Ryan’s Appeal, which raises funds for a local toddler with a rare life-limiting disease.
In 1993, she founded the Pet Bereavement Support Group, which has provided a befriending and support service to more than 11,000 bereaved pet owners nationwide. Yvette continues to work for this cause today.
In recognition of her commitment to helping people, Yvette was invited down to London to receive her award in a special ceremony at The Mansion House.
The Rt Hon Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy, said: “Yvette Price-Mear is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to their community.”.
There were only 29 other national recipients of the award, including a blind lady who had a done a lot of work for the Thalidomide community and a man who had to have his legs amputated after an IRA attack.
Yvette is one of only nine people in Nottinghamshire to have received the award over the past decade and was delighted her family, who have consistently supported her in her work, could accompany her to London for the occasion.
After the awards had been presented, Yvette was given a presentation box to keep her medal in as they can only be worn on official occasions. It now has pride of place in her living room.
When asked why she continues to be an active member of her community, Yvette said: “Because I love everything I do and you meet such incredible people.”
Far from giving up, Yvette will continue to work in her community and hopes to be a volunteer at the London Olympics next year.