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Bournemouth stalwart Phil Carey collects MBE from the Queen
BOURNEMOUTH stalwart Phil Carey has been honoured with an MBE for a lifetime of service to others.
The 93-year-old, who lives in Southbourne, met the Queen on Thursday as he was presented with the award.
And the monarch even complimented the great-grandfather on his Salvation Army uniform.
Phil, a former Bournemouth and Dorset councillor, said: “It was absolutely marvellous.
“The Queen was so great. She asked me where I came from, and when I told her I’m from Bournemouth, she said: ‘That’s a lovely place.’ When I told her my age, she said to me: ‘You’re doing very well.’ Then she said: ‘I must say, I’m thrilled with all the work done by the Salvation Army,’ which was lovely to hear.”
Phil is perhaps best-known in Bournemouth for his work organising the Daily Echo’s annual Toy Appeal, now in its 14th year.
The appeal has meant that more than 100,000 children across the area have been able to open a present on Christmas Day thanks both to Phil’s hard work and the generosity of readers.
A member of Bournemouth Rotary Club and a volunteer at the Lighthouse in Poole, Phil also is a governor at the both the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and the Dorset HealthCare Trust.
In addition, Phil is a trustee of Bournemouth charity the Butterfly Foundation, which supports victims of domestic violence, as well as the newly-formed Bournemouth Older Persons’ Forum.
He said: “I had a fantastic time in London with my family.
“We spent the day there before going to Buckingham Palace. There were so many famous people there – I felt very proud indeed to join them for the day.”
Phil received five medals for wartime service with the RAF in Europe, and D-Day badge of honour from the French Government, which he wore on the big day.
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