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Smith & Nephew employee recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Mark Stockdale BEM

In November, employee Mark Stockdale from our Hull, UK site was awarded a British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to education and his exceptional volunteering efforts for local charity Hull Children’s University.

Mark, who joined Smith & Nephew over thirty years ago, is one of the charity’s key tutors dedicating all his holidays to supporting the charity. He first became a volunteer 20 years ago after seeing the advertisement on a notice board at Smith & Nephew. Mark was posted a letter informing him he would be receiving the honour:

“It left me speechless. I read it three or four times before it hit me and that’s when the laughter and the tears came - it was overwhelming,” said Mark, Process Technician, Smith & Nephew.

“It had been posted to Children’s University; they called and asked for a meeting in the offices. I thought I’d done something wrong so it was a massive shock when I opened the letter!”

Mark received his B.E.M. from HM Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon. Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister as well as being invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace next summer.

“It will be an emotional experience for my family, the charity and I. I never expected in my wildest dreams that this would happen to me when I saw the advertisement on the bulletin 20 years ago. I’ll have to get my suit dry cleaned now!”

Children’s University is a local children’s charity that has been established for 20 years. Its mission is to raise the aspirations of young people in Hull by building their confidence with unique learning experiences.

As part of this, Mark has led thousands of local children on learning experiences that are designed to inspire and excite the children, including visits to Smith & Nephew. His specialty has become the Hull Children’s University London Experiences. His commitment to making sure that every child believes that they can achieve their dreams was recognised by Children’s University in 2014 when Mark was presented the award for Mentor of the Year.

“Mark is one in a million. He has played a huge part in the growth of Children’s University over the last 20 years and we could not have done it without him. His dedication to the children has been amazing and he genuinely wants to make a difference to these children’s lives – we are all so proud of him,” said Rose James, Partnership Manager, Children’s University.

Mark has also acted as the bridge between Smith & Nephew and Children’s University, with the Company supporting the charity with children visits to the factory and the Heritage Centre as well as raising thousands of pounds through fundraising activities. 

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