B.E.M. for Charity Work
Arab Insurance Group Information Technology Head, Simon Cox, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s honours list.
Newtonian Simon, aged 53, was educated at Vane Road School, Woodham Comprehensive and Sunderland Polytechnic before working as a lifeguard at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre and then taking a position with Legal & General in Brighton.
He took a job in 1987 in Bahrain where he met his wife Margaret at a social event. She comes from Northallerton and it was the sound of a friendly northern accent which brought them together.
The couple had twins born on New Year’s Eve in 1994. George and Megan are both attending University in the U.K.
Since arriving in Bahrain Simon has been heavily involved in charity work raising many thousands of pounds to help the Institute for the Blind, disabled children and Help the Heroes.
One of his main fundraising events is the annual Bahrain Marathon Relay which attracts over 70 teams of 16 runners.
The British Ambassador, Iain Lindsay, hailed the achievement and said he was delighted that Simon Cox had been recognised for his services to charities in Bahrain.
Residents of Newton Aycliffe, particularly those who know Simon, will join the many who have sent well deserved congratulations.