Herne Bay Sailing Club member David Hogben has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday honours list 2019.

The award is for services to the community of Herne Bay. His nomination is in part on the strength of his contribution to developing sailing opportunities locally, and his charitable work in London.

David has been instrumental is creating 1,300 extra opportunities at Herne Bay Sailing Club.

He raised more than £100,000 for boats, wetsuits and storage facilities to encourage new people to join.

Working with Herne Bay Pact committee, youth groups, schools and Disability Sailing, David has spent the last nine years getting people involved in the sport.

David said of his award: "I feel hugely honoured to receive the award, but credit must also be given to the members of the club. We are a club run by members for members and much of the work in building the new facilities has been carried out through volunteer effort.

"We pride ourselves on being a family friendly club, and it is rewarding to seen that the funds we have raised have enable many others to become involved in sailing."

Clare from the club added: "We're extremely pleased that David has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Sir John CASS Foundation, HQS Wellington and at Herne Bay Sailing Club. The common theme running through his contributions to all three organisations is his committment to developing opportunities for people who may otherwise not have such opportunities."

Herne Bay SC is an RYA Approved Training Centre, and enjoys some of the best sailing waters on the North Kent coast. It has members of all ages and abilities, and anyone interested in sailing can be sure of receiving plenty of help and encouragement.

Regional recognition

Earlier in the year, the President of Rye Harbour Sailing Club also received a BEM for services to sailing and the people of Kent.

Having been the club's Commodore for over 13 years, Carey Marsh was named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.  The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an Investiture at Penshurst Place to present Carey with his award. 

Under Carey's Presidency, Rye Harbour Sailing Club implemented Project Kindersall which encourages young people to become involved in sailing.   It has been extremely successful and the Club now works with Sport England to make sailing available to a wider sector of the community.

Rye Harbour SC is located on the tidal River Rother, with its racing, training and cruising activities taking place in both the river and Rye Bay.  It is a recognised shore-based RYA Training Centre, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality, while the club offers subsidised learn to sail training to RYA levels 1 and 2 to all members who are under 16 at Rye Waterports Lake at Camber.

The British Empire Medal (formally British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.