Pamela Clarkson BEM

The British Empire Medal was re-introduced as part of the Honours Awards in 2012 and Pamela Clarkson (pictured right) was one of seven recipients in West Yorkshire.

For the past 53 years, Pamela Clarkson has served the communities of Morley, Rothwell and Castleford.

She began her fund-raising activities organising raffles in her parents’ public house, The Ship Inn in Morley, raising-funds for the less fortunate local pensioners to enjoy a high tea at Christmas and Easter.

Pamela went on to become the landlady of her own public house in Carlton, Rothwell, and she has been responsible for raising over £25,000 for the Wakefield Hospice, organising many community events, and in 1997 her public house was voted Community Pub of the Year.

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Since 1996, Pamela has been an active member of the Rothwell Lions and is a past president of the Club. In 2012, she was elected President for the Club once again and still supports all its activities and charities.

For the last 13 years, she has catered for around 120 elderly people to have Christmas morning coffee, Christmas lunch and tea at the Rothwell Parish Centre. Pamela raises funds throughout the year to provide the meal, which she cooks herself with the help of a team of volunteers.

With any surplus funds, Pamela uses in the summer time to provide the same group of people with a day out to the coast.

Sadly, Pamela could not collect her BEM on the day, because she had to travel to America to be with her sister who was unwell. The honours award was collected on Pamela’s behalf by her daughter, Dawn Cockerham.