Kingston Colonel criticises honours system

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By adam_leone | Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 15:17

Colonel Geoffrey Godbold, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, has voiced concerns about the honours system.

He's said that many people making a significant contribution in the borough are not getting the recognition they deserve.

Colonel Godbold said: "Many voluntary organisations are doing magnificent work in the borough, which I have seen on visits with the Mayor and when meeting them personally."

"I am concerned, however, that we are not identifying those people whose names should be put forward for national honours and awards."

Godbold is being backed by Kingston Voluntary Action. They want unsung heroes to be recognised

Hilary Garner, Kingston Voluntary Action chief executive, says: "We are at the heart of the voluntary work done in Kingston and I agree that more recognition should be given to those involved."

"Of course, being nominated does not necessarily mean that an award will be made, but it would be excellent if more names were put forward."

If you know someone you think merits recognition and could be in line for a national award, you can make a direct nomination by using The Honours System forms on GOV.UK or by contacting Kingston Voluntary Action.

You do not have to suggest what they receive, that is decided by the Awards Committee.

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