Queen’s Birthday Honours recognition for the driving force behind Longleigh’s creation
We’re absolutely delighted to hear the news that George Blunden has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work in the housing sector and in setting up Longleigh in 2015.
George was driven by a fundamental belief that having a safe, comfortable home is central to enabling people to flourish and thrive. His empathy combined with his integrity and acumen enabled Longleigh to be formed and his continual support saw us go from strength to strength in the years that followed.
This meant that in the past year, rising to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented, we were able to provide over £420,000 in grants to social housing residents in financial crisis and hardship. And over £800,000 of grants to organisations to deliver much-needed projects and research.
Here at Longleigh, we’ll always remain so proud and grateful of George’s bravery and vision in setting us up as an independent charitable foundation and for the platform he helped to provide in how we work to support and enable transformation in the lives of the individuals and communities served by the social housing sector.
George was the former Chair of Stonewater and has received the British Empire Medal.
George was the driving force in setting up Longleigh to address the ever-increasing gap that existed between the needs of residents and the availability and accessibility of services to provide the support and help required.
Please visit the Stonewater website to see more about this story: https://www.stonewater.org/gbhonours/