Mandy Painter awarded British Empire Medal for work for Starlight

Joshua and Orlando Bloom

Joshua and Orlando Bloom

Mandy Painter has raised thousands of pounds for Starlight in memory of her son Joshua Coates and her wonderful efforts have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Her son Josh was a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Starlight granted his wish to meet Orlando Bloom in June 2006.  Sadly Josh died just a few months after his wish but Mandy has gone above and beyond to raise funds for Starlight in his memory ever since.  She has now been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her work – well done Mandy! To read the full story on Huffington Post, click here.