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Pamela Morgan to receive a BEM

Posted on: 3rd January 2019

We are thrille to announce that Pamela Morgan who ran the Scarborough Disabled Swimming Club for more than 36 years while also supporting other charities such as the NSPCC, Mencap, Scarborough Hospital League of Friends and Epilepsy Action is to be awarded a BEM – British Empire Medal – for services to Open Water and Disabled Swimming.

“It’s been my life... I could swim when I was a few months old and my parents were charity workers so I guess it’s in the family”, she said. “We used to go up to Whitby for galas and races and to see somebody who can’t walk, who’s blind or mentally handicapped enjoy being in the water and having a good time is very, very rewarding. “Everybody loved coming along and we tried to make it the same as what other people would be doing.” In 1977 Pamela’s son swam across the English Channel aged only 13. On the back of that, the Scarborough Long Distance Swimming Club was founded – Pamela ran it for 30 years – and in 1987 a junior team completed a record two-way crossing. Speaking about the BEM, Pamela added: “It was quite a shock after all these years, they say good things come to those who wait but I never expected it. “Everything I did was because I enjoyed it and I still keep in touch with charities and carry on giving and donating if I can.”

Read more at: https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/unsung-heroes-from-scarborough-and-filey-recognised-in-new-year-s-honours-list-1-9512261