In June 2012, Crossfire Trust director Ian Bothwell was recognised for 30 years of service to the people of south Armagh, in being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“It is a great honour to receive this award and I can only thank all those who have supported Crossfire Trust over the years, especially my wife Pauline who has stood by me through the good and bad times” Ian said.
Ian was invited to Buckingham Palace in January 2013 to receive his award.
Ian was joined by his wife Pauline and their two children, Justin and Megan.
Ian said, “It is an honour and feels good to be acknowledged and the people of Crossmaglen are chuffed that their ‘servant’ and their town are being recognised. I have called it ‘Many Blessings for Everyone’ and in particular I want a lifeline established as a result of it for young men’s mental health issues and Crossmaglen town. It is making Isaiah 61 real and tangible and we are having amazing opportunities to help people but are stretched balancing resources to meet the fresh need caused by the credit crunch and post conflict.”