For her years of dedicated service to the communities across Romsey and the wider Test Valley, Unity are pleased to announce that their Chairman, Dorothy Baverstock, in the Honours list has been granted a British Empire Medal (BEM) for ‘meritorious civil service worthy of recognition by the Crown’.
Dorothy has been a community activist for many years and has been instrumental in helping to set up a number of the groups that are still thriving today including Age Concern, Romsey U3A and Unity (previously known as Test Valley Community Services). She is passionate about helping people and has been involved directly in a number of charities including Citizens Advice and SMILE as well as being one of the driving forces in the fundraising efforts to design and place the Romsey War Horse in the Romsey Memorial park.
She is also well known as a Romsey Town, Romsey Extra and Test Valley Councillor and takes pride in those roles too and has held the distinguished position of Mayor in both Romsey Town and Test Valley Authorities over recent years. However, it is her passion as a volunteer which makes her so special and the selfless way she helps the community every day.
Terry Bishop, Unity Chief Executive said, “The staff and volunteers are absolutely thrilled Dorothy Baverstock has received this very special honour. She is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm and without her, Unity would not be the charity it is today.”