Matthew receives medal that recognises support given to carers in South London – South London News

A carer from Lewisham has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of the work he does to support carers and highlight the life-changing work they do.

Matthew McKenzie was nominated for the prestigious honour by Carers UK due to his services to the community in London. He is also a Carer Ambassador at leading health and social care company, Cygnet Health Care.

He received his award at a special ceremony at the Tower of London and was presented with it by The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Kenneth Olisa.

Matthew, of Catford, said: “The day was such a special occasion.  I have done so much raising carer awareness and being a voice for carers. It is not enough to be recognised, we also need to be valued by those who hold the same ideals.

“I hope my award sets an example for the importance of community and serving others.  There of course will be challenges, but deep down I know people will always remember when we go that extra mile and make a difference in their lives.”

Matthew, who previously cared for his mother, now supports his two brothers, who have autism.

He helps to shape Cygnet’s carer plan and takes part in a range of meetings with carers’ councils, workshops and has one-to-one conversations in all service areas. He also runs several carer forums that cover large parts of London.

Laura Sheridan, from the Cygnet Group, said:  “All of us at Cygnet Group pass on our enormous congratulations to Matthew and are delighted that his dedication, commitment and support to carers have been recognised.”

Pictured top: Matthew McKenzie receiving his award (Picture: Cygnet Group)

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