Kim Milner BEM

Kim Milner was presented with her BEM by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, at a lunchtime celebration function held at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby.

The British Empire Medal was re-introduced as part of the Honours Awards in 2012 and Kim was one of seven recipients in West Yorkshire.

Kim Milner (pictured at the ceremony) has been a part-time Recreation Assistant and Fitness Coach at the Pudsey Leisure Centre since 1989. In that time, she has taken on a range of fitness classes for adults, mothers and toddlers and the Active Life Group for Over 50s. However, it is this latter group, Active Life Group for Over 50s, where Kim has gone the extra mile, giving her time voluntarily over 20 years, since 1992.

The Pudsey Active Life for Over 50s offers aerobics, circuit-training, badminton and swimming. Kim soon realised that the older people in the group benefitted greatly if they could be encouraged to leave their homes, meet other people and make new friends through exercise.

With this in mind, Kim started to use her spare time to organise extra-curricular activities and holidays. The holidays began on home soil, but Kim was soon taking members of the group abroad as well.

From its humble origins of around 30 members, numbers have now grown to over 150 members, with between 80 and 100 attending the twice weekly sessions and 40 to 50 attending Kim’s aerobic classes.