Guernsey Government House

BEM for Mrs Pat Child

Patricia Child was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the health and voluntary sectors in Guernsey as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2021. Pat was instrumental in creating the Bailiwick-wide Guernsey Cancer Support Group and is also Founder and Chair of the Bright Tights Charity, a local charity aiming to increase awareness about gynaecological cancers. In addition, Pat was the founder of Home-Start, the children's charity that offers support to local families during a time of need. 

The investiture was attended by 30 of Mrs Child's friends, family and colleagues and was a lovely celebration of her achievements.  

The BEM was created in 1922 and has been reinvented on a number of occasions over the years but in 2012 it was settled that the BEM could be granted for meritorious service by a civilian and it's members are given affiliation to the Order of the British Empire. The presentation takes place only when the actual medal has been received by Government House.