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Bracknell woman receives British Empire Medal in Queen’s birthday honours

A woman from Bracknell has been awarded a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

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Sitta Joseph, 64, has the British Empire Medal for her services to prisoners and the community in Berkshire.

The award citation reveals that she has been selflessly committed to volunteering for the Prison Service and external organisations for more than 30 years.

Sitta has been volunteering at HMP Huntercombe and HMP Bullingdon as well as helping the Shape Project, which helps vulnerable socially excluded young women of all cultures and backgrounds who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, and substance abuse, to achieve their potential through education.

With her prison work, she has been supporting prisoners by “helping them to examine and apply biblical principles, enabling them to explore and understand their own feelings, thinking and reactions to reducing re-offending”, according to her citation.

As if this volunteering wasn’t enough, she has also been helping people for at least 30 years. Her citation adds:

“Her voluntary work over the past 30 years also includes fundraising rallies and supplying and cooking free food for those less fortunate as an outreach service based in Reading.

“Each year, she raises both funds and tangible items through donations to support young visitors to the Reading Festival.

“Throughout her career and voluntary work, she has worked tirelessly in supporting the needs of a wide range of people.”


Headline edited: original headline had incorrect medal mentioned!