A Feeny man recognised for his work with vulnerable and disabled people didn’t have to travel far to receive his MBE.
The 47-year-old has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors for 25 years, including being Director at Kingston Centre for Independent Living, a manager at the BBC for three years and six years on a government Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Eddie is the son of the late Bridget Lynch, from Park, and attended St Canice’s Primary School, Fincairn, and St Columb’s College.
He left home in 1987, aged 18, to attend Aston University in Birmingham where he studied Management and went on to complete a Masters in Disability Studies at Leeds University.
Now Chief Executive for Bromley Mencap, Eddie lives in Windsor, Berkshire, with wife Jane and daughter Bridget.
“It was a great day and the weather was beautiful,” said Eddie about receiving his MBE.
“The award recipients were first taken to the Queen’s Ballroom in the Castle to meet each other.
“We then went into the ceremony one-by-one and the Queen spoke to each of us about our careers and gave out the awards.
“With a live orchestra playing behind the guests, it was all a bit surreal. Afterwards, we went to a restaurant in Bray, a small village near Windsor, and met Sue Barker who collected her OBE on the same day. Sue was great craic and we had a few more drinks to end the day.”