A KIND-HEARTED Silhillian who has helped people in the borough for more than two decades has been handed an MBE.
Beryl Moppett was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to the community.
Over the years she helped the homeless on the borough’s streets when she set up Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness (SCAH), lead Solihull Town Centre Caplaincy and Solihull Faiths Forum, set up a jobs advice group and helped build a school in Rwanda following the genocide in 1994,
Beryl said: “I was amazed and yet delighted to receive the letter and still feel ‘why me?’ when I am sure there are many other more people who are more deserving.”
Her community work started when she volunteered at St Helen’s Guide unit before she became a reader at the church where she has been for 22 years.
In 1993 she helped set up SCAH following a petition handed to Parliament from the churches across the country about cardboard cities.
She took lead the Solihull Town Centre Chaplaincy in 2004 who are known for handing out mince pies at Christmas time.
Following a church based visit to Rwanda in 2002 Beryl started a fundraising campaign to rebuild a village school that had been devastated by the war.
From 2003 to 2009 the team raised over £60 000.
The school has thrived over the years and is now roughly four times the size it was.
In 2015 a further amount of money was raised to enable them to purchase more land to grow the school even more.
Beryl still organises the annual Go Green Fair in Mell Square, she is a Director at Power For Good and she coordinates the Birmingham Anglican Climate Action which tries to keep positive action on climate change on the churches’ agenda.
She also organised a hustings on behalf of Churches Together in Central Solihull for the Solihull Constiuency in the lead up to the General Election.