Chairman of hospital Friends awarded BEM in New Year Honours

Richard Burford (photo via SASH)


The chairman of the Friends of East Surrey Hospital, Richard Burford, was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the New Year Honours for services to veterans and the community in Surrey.

The recognition for Mr Burford, 79, who lives in Reigate, comes after many years’ volunteering including 14 years as chairman of the Friends of East Surrey Hospital, 28 as chairman of the Federation of Old Comrades Association, and 15 years with SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity).  He also spent 23 years with Army Reserve unit The Honourable Artillery Company, rising through the ranks to become a colonel.

Mr Burford said:

“It is a huge privilege and honour to be recognised in this way.  I am very proud of the really wonderful Friends’ volunteers who give so much of their time freely to support the patients, visitors and staff at East Surrey Hospital and my thanks goes to them as I receive this special award.”

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust which runs East Surrey Hospital, said:

“My congratulations go to Richard; this honour is a well-deserved recognition of Richard’s commitment and generosity to supporting everyone at East Surrey Hospital as well as his other community commitments too.

Under Richard’s leadership, The Friends’ of East Surrey Hospital provide generous donations to fund additional equipment and resources that helps enhance the specialist care provided by SASH clinicians at East Surrey Hospital.”

Mr Burford had a 41 year career at Lloyd’s of London.