SEAFORD: Honour for fundraising pensioner

Brian Gubbin and wife Sue with his award
Brian Gubbin and wife Sue with his award

SEAFORD pensioner Brian Gubbin has been awarded one of the highest honours for voluntary service to reflect his tireless fundraising efforts for Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre.

Mr Gubbin, who chairs the Haywards Heath-based centre’s League of Friends, has been awarded the prestigious Badge of the Order of Mercy, given annually to a small number of outstanding volunteers.

The citation pays tribute to ‘his wonderful voluntary service over many years’.

The ceremony took place at The Mansion House, London in the presence of the High Sheriff of London, Lady Arnold, Francis Maude MP, Cabinet Minister for The Big Society, and many other distinguished guests.

Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said, “Mr Brian Gubbin has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others.

“He is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to his community and we were delighted to be able, on the recommendation of the charity, to make this well deserved award.”

The League of Mercy, originally created in 1899 for the encouragement and recognition of voluntary work in hospitals and the community, was re-founded as a registered charity in 1999 and now continues the work of the original founder, the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Mr Gubbin, who has raised more than £2 million during his 14 years as chairman of the League of Friends, said, “I think it’s a wonderful tribute for Hurstwood Park and everybody there from top to bottom. They are such a dedicated team and I’m proud to help them.”

Mr Gubbin, 74, also paid tribute to his wife Sue for her tireless commitment and support.

He said, “Behind a good man is a good wife and in my case this is perfectly true.”

Mr John Norris, consultant neurosurgeon and principal lead consultant for neurosciences at the Neurological Centre, travelled to The Mansion House to watch Brian receive his award.

He said, “What a pleasure it was to see Brian Gubbin, on a national stage, receive this formal recognition of his extraordinary stewardship of Hurstwood Park League of Friends.”