The Not Forgotten is thrilled to announce that our Head of Events, Rosie Thompson, has been appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours.
Rosie has been with The Not Forgotten for over 21 years, where she has constantly shown a relentless work ethic and remarkable ability to make everyone feel special and valued – from young serving personnel to WW2 veterans, she never forgets an individual making them feel included, proud and part of a family.
Throughout her time with The Not Forgotten, Rosie has been the driving force behind meeting the needs of an ever evolving beneficiary base whilst ensuring that the charity has remained relevant. Supporting over 10,000 beneficiaries each year Rosie was quick to identify that younger beneficiaries needed to be challenged as part of their recovery, whilst not forgetting the growing and increasing demands of older veterans. Since Rosie’s arrival in 1998, The Not Forgotten has supported c.220,000 individuals and more vulnerable beneficiaries are being reached and given a new chance.
When not in the office, Rosie dedicates her time to fundraising activities and has raised almost £250,000 for The Not Forgotten, running 36 marathons whilst continually looking for new ways to inspire and do more.
Rosie is personally ensuring that no one is forgotten and as The Not Forgotten approaches its centenary, it is wonderful that her tireless work for the Armed Forces community has been recognised.
Our Chairman David Cowley said, “I know I am talking for all those involved with The Not Forgotten when I say how thrilled we all are with Rosie’s honour. Rosie has changed the lives of so many people and brought great pleasure to countless more and it is wonderful that this has been recognised with a national award. Huge congratulations to Rosie from the whole Not Forgotten family.”
A brilliant start to our centenary year!