Special day at Palace for Jim O’Connor, MBE

Jim O'Connor after receiving his MBE at Buckingham Palace with wife Isobelle
Jim O'Connor after receiving his MBE at Buckingham Palace with wife Isobelle
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NOAH chief executive Jim O’Connor says collecting his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace was one of the most memorable days of his life.

The charity boss – awarded the honour for services to homeless people in Luton – added: “Everyone – recipients and guests – was made to feel special and treated with great courtesy.

“There were also lovely touches of humour, like ‘Don’t forget to let go of the Prince when he shakes hands with you.’”

Jim said it was inspiring to speak to some of the other recipients: “One worked with abandoned street children in Calcutta for the past 15 years and another had fostered 80 children over the last 25 years.

“Prince Charles was charming and spoke to everyone with genuine interest and concern.”
He joked he’d tried to recruit the Prince as a volunteer and added: “The award is a great reflection on NOAH, our work and the people involved – be they staff, volunteers or those we support.”