Fundraiser presented with MBE for services to the community

Candy Baker MBE

Candy Baker MBE with guests at the presentation ceremony, from left, Michael Williams, chair of PCH, Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, and Steve Jenkin, PCH chief executive.

by Alex Cameron

A tireless campaigner and volunteer has been praised for her inspirational commitment to the community, as she receives her MBE today, March 16.

Candy Baker, chair of the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leagues of Friends, was awarded the MBE for services to the community in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The celebration cake.

The celebration cake.

Among Ms Baker’s recent fundraising initiatives is spearheading a campaign to raise £1million towards improvements at Stratton Hospital.

As she was unable to attend the Palace to receive her MBE, she was presented with the honour in a ceremony at Stratton Hospital by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE.

Stratton Hospital is owned by NHS Property Services with healthcare services provided at the facility by Peninsula Community Health.

James Wakeham, regional director for NHS Property Services in the south, said: “Candy is an inspiration to us all. Her commitment and dedication have brought real benefits for patients at Stratton Hospital and across Cornwall.

“She is a wonderful ambassador for volunteering and for Cornwall.

“On behalf of the team at NHS Property Services, we would like to thank her for her unstinting enthusiasm and congratulate her on receiving the MBE – an honour she richly deserves.”