The Suffolk Medal Recipients 

The Suffolk Medal was launched in March 2019 with nominations to be made by the general public in Suffolk and decided upon by a panel of the county’s leaders. Its purpose is to recognise, reward and champion the exceptional contributions of Suffolk people that have made a fundamental, measurable and lasting difference to the lives of people in our county.

A clear demonstration of outstanding volunteering, either as a single feat, an accumulation of personal impact over a period of time or, indeed, a lifetime of selfless service are key elements for consideration.

Sally Fogden

Richard Martineau

This year’s recipients 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 focused 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.

The unanimous decision of the panel required to make this award prompted the following responses from a panel currently including: The Lord Lieutenant (chair), Suffolk’s High Sheriff and Police and Crime Commissioner, CEO’s from our County Council and Chamber of Commerce, The CEO’s  of Suffolk Community Foundation and Community Action Suffolk, a :Lieutenancy representative and founder of the medal former High Sheriff George Vestey.

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.

It is intended that those honoured every year with the medal, will have their names recorded and their stories told in perpetuity, in an exciting interactive display at the new Suffolk Records Office – The Hold. The judging panel meets at least once a year and nominations for future medals can be made directly online by any Suffolk resident via this website.

The Suffolk Medal investiture will take place on the 20th June 2019.