Welcome, formerly known as 'Salford Swim Swim'. This is a Manchester blog about running and swimming and random stuff. Oh and mental health, it is good to be mentally healthy. Which we of course are not.......so if you're not too then check this out.........Moodswings

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tom McAlpine Officer of the British Empire

No, this isn't a casting call for Fagen in a community production of Oliver.

Nope, this is Tom McAlpine's dress rehearsal for his OBE. This man is so fantastic Queenie has only gone and given him the title of 'Officer of the British Order' for services to mental health.

He is a one man depression fighting machine, well that's a fib he is dead good but he also has a dead good team behind him with the lovely Linda and the folks at Moodswings.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom.

 Proud as punch

Tom getting his 'best man ever' badge at Buckingham Palace

Ahh, I love these photos. It would have been good if we had a Queenie picture too but Prince Charles takes a pretty good snap and he is going to be king one day. Tom's met Queen Betty before any way so a change is as good as any.

Kath and I are so chuffed for him, he really bloody deserves it. When we say this man saves lives were not exaggerating.

If you want to know more about the sterling work Tom and Linda do with the Moodswings team check out their website and facebook pages. Moodswings is a registered charity and if you wish to make a donation you can do through justgiving or paypal.

Go on, at the very least give them a 'like' on facebook and spread the mental health love  x x x x x

Sam x

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