May’s double celebration at Palace

May and Ian Millward. May received her MBE
May and Ian Millward. May received her MBE

Tuesday was a very special day for May Millward as that was the day HM The Queen formally presented her with the MBE - and, it was also the day she celebrated her Ruby Wedding with husband Ian.

The investiture, which took place between 11am and noon at a ceremony in the Long Room at the Palace of Holyrood saw May being asked by Her Majesty about her former work and voluntary activities with Diabetes UK mentioning she was aware of the growing problem the condition was causing.

May, chair of the West Lothian Voluntary Group for Diabetes UK, was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her work with the Department of Work & Pensions in their mediation service, and for her voluntary work in the local community.

She also won a regional Tesco Team Leader of the Year award earlier this year after the supermarket giant chose Diabetes UK as their charity of the year.

May only learnt on the day of her investiture that she had been chosen as the national award winner at a ceremony which took place in The House of Lords on Monday.

May said: “It was a wonderful day, the sun was shining, I had my husband by my side, the family were waiting in the wings to help us celebrate our double whammy - what could be better.

“It was an amazing experience and it really means a lot to me.

“I spent 38 years with the Department of Work and Pensions, and would like to thank all my former colleagues for having made those years such an easy time. The award also comes as recognition, not only for me, but also for every other volunteer who gives up their time to help with the West Lothian branch of Diabetes UK. I’d like to thank all my family, friends and colleagues for having made the day so very special for Ian and I - it’s something we’ll never forget.”