Bucklebury woman recognised in King's New Year's Honours List
A Bucklebury resident has been named in the King's New Year Honours List.
Erica Tipton, 81, who has lived in the village since 1974, was awarded the British Empire Medal for her exemplary services to charity in Newbury and the surrounding area.
"It was a great way to end the year," said Mrs Tipton, who received the honour on the same day as her birthday (December 31).
The married mum of five has championed worthy community causes for decades, whether by serving as a parish councillor for 20 years, treasurer for The Victory Room for 10 years, chair of The West Berkshire Patient Panel for 14 years, chair for Bucklebury Recreation Ground and chair of Macmillan Cancer Support, Newbury.
Mrs Tipton received a breast cancer diagnosis in 1990 and has since become a strong advocate for the cancer charity.
With her "dedicated team" she has succeeded in raising more than "a million pounds" over the years.
"Thanks are due to a wonderful public who supported Macmillan, whether by sponsorship, collections or attending functions, " added Mrs Tipton.
Her cancer returned in October 2021 and she is now undergoing continuous treatment. But she has not let this subdue her community spirit.
"None of the above would be possible without the help and support of my husband, family, and friends," she said.
"I feel very honoured to receive such a prestigious award. I live in a caring village and thank the community for this award."