Three outstanding Suffolk people have been presented with the first three Suffolk Medals at an investiture ceremony at the Museum of East Anglian Life, in Stowmarket. The medals were designed by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling, are made in silver, and are in a specially crafted wooden display box.
The highest honour that Suffolk can bestow on one of its own, has been awarded to Sally Fogden MBE from Honnington, Terry Hunt DL from Earl Soham and Richard Martineau from Walsham le Willows, from nominations from the public, and decided upon by a panel of the county’s leaders.
The Suffolk Medal was the idea of George Vestey from Haverhill who was the High Sheriff of Suffolk in 2018-19, and they are administered by Suffolk Community Foundation and funded by private individual contributions to the fund they manage on behalf of The High Sheriff of Suffolk.
This year’s winners have made their contribution to Suffolk in a variety of ways including outstanding leadership, ambassadorship, volunteering and philanthropy. The positive impact they have made has been particularly focussed on issues including rural isolation, older people in crisis, mental health and well-being and the championing of a variety of aspects of business, cultural and local community life.
“It’s a beautiful medal and I am very pleased and surprised to receive it,” said Sally Fogden who, amongst other charity work, set up the Rural Coffee Caravan. I feel it’s an honour for the various charities I work with, and it’s for them as much as it is for me.”
“It’s been a lovely event but there are many, many, more people who deserve medals more, particularly those working at the sharp end who need the help, and Sally Fogden is a perfect example of that with the Rural Coffee Caravan. I am less worthy than some others,” Richard Martineau said, modestly. Richard is a philanthropist, supporting local charities.
“I knew about the creation of the medal and thought it was jolly good idea but never, in a million years, did I think I would be one of the first recipients” said Terry Hunt, retired editor of the East Anglian Daily Times. “I am quite overwhelmed but very pleased and honoured. It doesn’t get any better than being honoured by your own county. The medal is wonderful and an important piece of art – now I have to decide where to display it!”