MBE dedicated to staff at Rossie Young People’s Trust

John Sutcliffe received his MBE at Buckingham Palace. He is pictured in the centre with his family; son Tim Sutcliffe, wife Eve Sutcliffe and daughter Josephine Sutcliffe
John Sutcliffe received his MBE at Buckingham Palace. He is pictured in the centre with his family; son Tim Sutcliffe, wife Eve Sutcliffe and daughter Josephine Sutcliffe

A local farmer made a special visit to Buckingham Place to receive an MBE for his services to young people.

John Sutcliffe, former chairman of the board of directors at Rossie Young People’s Trust, was presented with the MBE by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Friday.

Mr Sutcliffe, a farmer out at Dun, received the honour for renovating and improving the trust to “give the young people a better life”.

He dedicated the MBE to all the staff at Rossie Young People’s Trust.

Mr Sutcliffe said: “I’m very, very pleased and surprised.

“To do something for young people and get recognition by your country is a proud moment and I am very humbled by it.

“It was a fantastic day.

“It was a lovely experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I felt very special.”

He said The Prince of Wales spoke to him for a few minutes asking him about the work he has done.

Mr Sutcliffe added: “I stood there thinking this isn’t happening but it did and now I have a lovely medal.

“I would like to dedicate it to the members of staff at Rossie Young People’s Trust because they are the people that do the work.

“They are hard working, caring and thoughtful people who are caring for young people who haven’t had the start in life that others have had.”

Mr Sutcliffe was chairman of the board of directors at the trust for nearly 16 years and is still on the board.

He was joined at Buckingham Palace by his wife Eve, son Tim and daughter Josephine as he received his honour.

Rossie Young People’s Trust provides secure and residential care and education for young people in Scotland.