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Humanitarian recognised for four decades of service with the British Red Cross

Michael Meyer was presented with the prestigious Queen's Badge of Honour by Princess Alexandra at St. James’ Palace

Michael Meyer OBE poses for a portrait after receiving The Queen’s Badge of Honour in a ceremony at St James’s Palace. The Queen’s Badge of Honour is the British Red Cross’s highest honour, and only 30 people may hold it at any one time. It is awarded for exceptional service of the highest order to the Society or to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The three recipients takes the total holders of the Queen’s Badge of Honour to 18. HRH Princess Alexandra was awarded the Queen’s Badge of Honour in 1974. Photo credit: Rob Pinney/British Red Cross
Michael Meyer OBE poses for a portrait after receiving The Queen’s Badge of Honour in a ceremony at St James’s Palace. The Queen’s Badge of Honour is the British Red Cross’s highest honour, and only 30 people may hold it at any one time. It is awarded for exceptional service of the highest order to the Society or to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The three recipients takes the total holders of the Queen’s Badge of Honour to 18. HRH Princess Alexandra was awarded the Queen’s Badge of Honour in 1974. Photo credit: Rob Pinney/British Red Cross

A Jewish humanitarian has received a prestigious honour recognising four decades of service to the Red Cross.

Michael Meyer OBE was present with the Queen’s Badge of Honour by Princess Alexandra, Vice President of the British Red Cross, during a ceremony at St. James’ Palace last week.

The Islington resident was recognised for his 39-years with the organisation, in which time he has contributed to many “significant achievements”, including the UK’s ratification of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions, and support for International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

The charity sad his “extraordinary expertise” in international law and the Red Cross has been “instrumental in guiding and shaping” its approach.

After receiving the badge, which is the British Red Cross’s highest honour awarded for exceptional service, Michael said:  “I have now worked as a staff member of the British Red Cross for 39 years and was a volunteer before that.

HRH Princess Alexandra poses for a photograph with new recipients of The Queen’s Badge of Honour at St James’s Palace. Pictured L-R Paul Taylor, HRH Princess Alexandra, Rosie Gutteridge MBE JP DL, and Michael Meyer OBE. Photo credit: Rob Pinney/British Red Cross

“From a young age, growing up in California, I have been motivated by public service.  I have always seen my Red Cross/Red Crescent work as a form of public service, and as a vocation.  To have my service recognised by the British Red Cross in this way is highly appreciated and satisfying.

“I have long admired the dedicated service of Her Majesty The Queen. To receive an award with her approval and name is also especially meaningful and valued.”

Praising his four decades of service, David Bernstein, chair of the British Red Cross board of trustees said: “On behalf of everyone at the British Red Cross, congratulations to our staff and volunteers who have received the Queens Badge of Honour Award. The British Red Cross relies on our network of staff and volunteers in all areas of business to support those in crisis at home and abroad and we are so proud of the service that Michael has given to the organisation. We would like to thank him for his years of dedicated service.”

The award is seen are ‘rare’ by the charity, with only 30 people allowed to hold it at any one time. Michael is the 18th person currently in possession.

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