Whissendine woman Jenny Pearce gets a BEM for helping the blind

Jenny Pearce, from Whissendine, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours list EMN-141223-165203001
Jenny Pearce, from Whissendine, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours list EMN-141223-165203001
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A woman from Whissendine is celebrating after being listed as a British Empire Medal (BEM) honorary on the New Years Honours list.

Jenny Susan Pearce, aged 63, has been nominated for the BEM for her services to people with visual impairments.

Jenny, who grew up in Oakham and went to Stamford High School said: “I’m really honoured and delighted, it has come as quite a surprise. It’s very humbling and I am honoured to have been chosen for the award.”

For the past 40 years Jenny has strived to make positive changes for people with visual impairment’s across the UK.

Over the last 15 years she has worked at Vista, a leading charity that works with children and adults with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Jenny took on the role of Chief Executive at Vista in 2006, using her knowledge and experience to drive and influence national strategy and policy. She has also been the driving force behind the development of the UK Adult Sight Loss Pathway.

Jenny said: “Vista is a wonderful organisation, it’s such important work that they do, when people loose their sight it’s absolutely vital they have support.”

Since retiring in 2012, Jenny has been a volunteer and trustee for a number of charities and groups, including governor of the Royal National Institute for the Blind College, trustee of Thomas Pocklington Trust, chairman of the Future of Rehabilitation Working Group, a trustee of the Big Difference Company, a Transition Board member of the Rutland Healthwatch and Trustee of Homefield College.

She adds: “Rutland is important to me, I’m passionate about the services being good for the local community.”