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Man from High Wycombe awarded MBE for services to charity

| October 21, 2020

Phil Richards, Jurassic Coast. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

A man from High Wycombe has been awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours.

Phil Richards from High Wycombe, who is known to his friends at Scannappeal, the local charity he supports, as phenomenal Phil was awarded the MBE in recognition of his services to the economy and to charity.

Phil inspired friends and colleagues from Tesco to join him on his mission to make fantastic things happen. They have taken on a myriad of challenges including, climbing Snowdon; walking the Jurassic coastline; cycling 100km across the Chilterns and walking from Salisbury Cathedral to Stonehenge.

Scannappeal are overwhelmed by Phil’s positive attitude and phenomenal fund-raising that has seen over £150,000 donated to their appeals.

William Baxter, Scannappeal Chair of Trustees passed on his personal thanks to Phil: ‘Phil is one in a million; he has such positivity for life, he inspires us all and we are so proud to have him as part of the Scannappeal family.

We are enormously grateful for his dedication and all he has done to support our work.

Being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours is justly deserved and a great cause for celebration. Congratulations Phil!

Scannappeal raises money revolutionary medical equipment for the local hospitals and Phil has personally benefitted from some of the equipment funded by the charity. He knows first hand how generous donations are turned into lifesaving equipment. In 2017 following a stage 3 kidney cancer diagnosis, Phil had a kidney removed using equipment purchased by Scannappeal and decided then that he wanted to ‘give something back’.

Phil is always very humble and never more so than on receiving his MBE when he said: ‘I am lucky to be supported by a wonderful circle of friends and family without whom I wouldn’t have achieved so much.

Being awarded an MBE has not quite sunk in and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages of congratulations I have received. The truth about life is that you never really know what you are about to come up against.

I have had some tough choices to make in my life and the biggest choice I’ve made is that I won’t be living with cancer, cancer will be living with me!

What I do know, is that out of even the saddest of situations, positive things can happen, and this is where I can absolutely make a difference. My moto has become ‘you don’t have to be a Doctor to save a life’ and now more than ever I want to encourage others to join me in fundraising for Scannappeal.

*Source of article : Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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