Bromley Mencap chief executive Eddie Lynch receives MBE at Windsor Castle
PUBLISHED: 11:18 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 18 April 2016
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He was given the award in recognition of services to vulnerable and disabled people
A charity chief executive was invited to Windsor Castle last week to receive an MBE.
Eddie Lynch, 47, is the chief executive of Bromley Mencap and received the award in recognition of services to vulnerable and disabled people.
Bromley Mencap is a self-funded charity and provides a range of services for disabled people of all ages, their carers and families.
Its services include a training and employment scheme, welfare benefits advice, short breaks and respite for carers, buddying for young disabled people and childminding.
Speaking after picking up his award on April 13, he said: “It was a great day and the weather was beautiful.
“The award recipients were first taken to the Queen’s Ballroom in the castle to meet each other.
“We then went into the ceremony one-by-one and the Queen spoke to each of us about our careers and gave out the awards.
“With a live orchestra playing behind the guests it was all a bit surreal.
“Afterwards we went to a restaurant in Bray, a small village near Windsor, and met Sue Barker who had collected her OBE at the same event.
“We all had a few drinks to end the day.”
Mr Lynch told the Bromley Times earlier in the year of his reaction when finding out he was to receive an award.
“I was completely unprepared for it when I first found out back in November,” he said.
“The Cabinet Office were clear that it was strictly confidential until the end of December.
“That was a difficult thing to keep under wraps because obviously I wanted to share it with everyone involved with the charity.
“A chief executive is only as good as the team around him and Bromley Mencap has a wonderful group of trustees, staff, volunteers and supportive members.”