Lancashire Credit Union chairman and pillar of Royal Marine charity gets his OBE from Princess Anne
Veteran Ron Bell, 66, was invested as the Most Excellent Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Years Honors List for “Service to the Royal Marines” following his tenure as seven years as the national president of the charity.
He is also a founding member of the Blackpool branch of the Royal Marines Association, which was reformed in 2003.
A local businessman and former Blackpool city councilor who represented the Talbot neighborhood with his brother Gary from 2007-2011, Ron has also been involved with the CLEVR Money credit union since its inception in 2009 and has been its chairman since January 2016 .
Ron received his medal from the hands of the Princess Royal Princess Anne at Windsor Castle in a recent ceremony after an 18-month delay due to Covid. His wife Brenda was able to attend the proceedings while daughter Kerry, son-in-law Andy and grandson James were there to help celebrate afterwards.
He said: âIt was a great honor to receive the OBE and to see it presented by Princess Anne in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle. She was very knowledgeable about each recipient and wanted to talk about the Royal Marines as her father was the Captain General of the Royal Marines for 64 years.
âShe also asked about CLEVR Silver because she saw tremendous value in the work we do and was very interested in how it was going. I was delighted to be able to tell him how the credit union does a fantastic job helping the locals access fair credit and avoid bad debt.
As a local credit union, CLEVR Money offers savings and loans to people living or working on the Fylde Coast and Preston. An ethical, not-for-profit, community-driven business, the credit union ensures that people have access to affordable loans and are not forced to borrow from payday lenders and loan sharks.
Jackie Colebourne, Co-Manager of CLEVR Money, said: âRon is an extremely hard-working President who devotes a great deal of his time to supporting causes close to his heart, and he plays an invaluable role at CLEVR Money.
âAs a member of the Blackpool branch of RMA, Ron proudly represented the city as the national president of the charity, where he chaired a team that revitalized the service of the association and massively increased the number. of its members during its stay with them.
âWe are absolutely delighted to see Ron being recognized for his dedication to helping others and, on behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors, we would like to congratulate him on this well-deserved honor. “
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