We are thrilled to celebrate the news that Philip and Lynne Highy have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for ‘hands-on’ service to the local community over the last 18 months of the pandemic.

Philip, Director of Summer Schools at Eton, and Lynne, School Nurse at St Piran’s School in Maidenhead, were nominated by the local community who wrote to the Cabinet Office to highlight their amazing effort and impact.

Both Philip and Lynne have helped since the set-up of the vaccination site at Windsor Racecourse, and have volunteered on a regular basis, Lynne as vaccinator and Philip as a member of logistics team. As the vaccination programme got underway, the couple then took to the road, delivering vaccines to the house bound and those in care homes.

They also worked to make the lives of those shielding easier. From masterminding daily pharmacy deliveries to Eton, Eton Wick, Dorney and Taplow from March 2020, and running an ‘at home garden centre’ in partnership with Davies Brothers Nursery in Burnham, Philip and Lynne have been central to the success of the community response to COVID-19.

Congratulations and many thanks to Philip and Lynne for their incredible work. Keep an eye out for an interview with the Press Office later this year, where we hope they will share their experience of the investiture ceremony.