Healey Awarded BEM in Birthday Honours

Paul Healey has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

He is joined on the list by former MHK and MLC Pamela Crowe and Frank Horne, who have both scooped MBEs.

A famous face amongst local the Manx football scene, Paul has worked tirelessly as the chairman of Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation alongside Paula Lunt and her family. The foundation was set up following the tragic death of Paula’s son Craig in 2005 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Since then, the foundation has enabled over 8,500 young people on the island to be screened for conditions, identifying over 600 people with heart defects over the last 15 years. The foundation has, in large thanks to the efforts of Paul, raised well over £1m since its inception.

Pamela Crowe

Pamela Crowe has given generously to the Manx community for over 45 years, through charitable fundraising and activities. Her enthusiasm has re-ignited community interest and involvement in the island’s past, attracting more visitors and raising large sums for local charities, as well as promoting the island locally and abroad. Mrs Crowe joined Rushen Heritage Trust in 2014, undertaking research into women and family internees during World War 2 at the Rushen Internment Camp. She has promoted exhibitions, articles and raised funds for the development of the Rushen Heritage Centre. This has enabled refurbishment work, to create a unique exhibition space and tourist information centre, attracting over 4,000 visitors from across the globe. She continues to organise annual events, including the ‘Secret Gardens’, raising funds and encouraging repeat trade and visitors to the local villages. Mrs Crowe has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Rushen Heritage Trust and fundraising in the community.

Frank Horne

Frankie joined the National Lifeboat institution Fishing Safety Team in 2008, due to his extensive maritime knowledge and fishing experience. He was appointed the Island’s Fishing Safety Manager in 2012. Between 1990 and late 2019, as volunteer crew member and coxswain on Peel lifeboat, Mr Horne received multiple commendations for saving casualties and vessels. He instigated RNLI Swimsafe events across the Island and continues to volunteer with others to support this annual event. As well as delivering safety training to the commercial fishing industry across the British Isles, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, Mr Horne has greatly contributed to the reduction in fishing fatalities by drowning through the design, development and free distribution of a dedicated deck wear life jacket. Mr Horne is also a committee member of the Fishermen’s Mission on the Isle of Man. Mr Horne has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Safety at Sea.