Congratulations to CEO of MyMiltonKeynes, and MKBLP Board Director, Melanie Beck on being awarded an MBE for ‘Services to the Community’ during the Covid-19 Crisis.

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Congratulations to CEO of MyMiltonKeynes, and MKBLP Board Director, Melanie Beck on being awarded an MBE for ‘Services to the Community’ during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Melanie, who has been instrumental in making positive improvements and promoting Central Milton Keynes for more than two decades, received the special recognition from Her Majesty the Queen in the 2020 Commonwealth Honours list. 

The order of the British Empire award recognises Melanie’s contribution to the community during the UK’s most challenging period and throughout its response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. When shielded residents needed supplies, Melanie contacted her network to offer MyMiltonKeynes’ resources, including the employee buses, landscaping vehicles and her family, who were roped in to help due to the main team being furloughed, as she set about delivering daily support to those most in need. 

Next came the nationwide call from the NHS for more PPE for doctors, nurses and those on the frontline. Teaming up with local volunteer Matt, whose day job was designing lighting equipment and water bottles, he began producing more than 40 face shields every day in his garage, which MyMiltonKeynes delivered to Milton Keynes Hospital and other surgeries and clinics in need. 

A plea from Energie Fitness Milton Keynes for care packs for community nurses saw MyMiltonKeynes donate 80 surplus lip balms and Melanie encouraged others to donate what they could too. 

When the government announced the reopening of businesses, the retail and hospitality sectors, Melanie was at the forefront of a partnership project with Milton Keynes Council, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP)Destination Milton Keynes (DMK) and MK Business Council, to develop a plan to support the economic recovery of Milton Keynes and its surrounding suburbs. 

All of these achievements and MyMiltonKeynes’ ongoing services to support and add value to Milton Keynes are evidence of Melanie Beck’s commitment to the business and wider community in MK, and make her a very worthy recipient of this highly regarded award. 

Melanie Beck MBE explains: “I am absolutely flummoxed to have been awarded an MBE in the 2020 Commonwealth Honours list. I have always taken immense pride in supporting and promoting Milton Keynes, and when the community and our NHS needed it most, I was ready and waiting, along with my family, to do whatever I could to help us all get through a truly terrible time. 

“I am immensely proud to be able to include ‘MBE’ within my title and would like to say a huge thank you to all those at Milton Keynes Hospital, MK Hospital Charity, volunteer Matt Clarke, Milton Keynes Council and all of the amazing BID members and local organisations that continue to work with us to make positive change happen in CMK.” 

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