Broughshane-based author and speaker, Brian Gault travelled to Windsor Castle on Tuesday 30th November 2021 to receive his MBE ‘For Services to Thalidomide Survivors in Brazil and Children with Disabilities throughout the World.‘
Sixty year-old Brian, who was born with no arms after his mother was prescribed the drug Thalidomide to relieve morning sickness, made the journey to London with his wife, May. The Ballyclare native was delighted to receive his honour at an Investiture held by Princess Anne – The Princess Royal – on behalf of Her Majesty – The Queen.
Looking back on the day, Brian told The Church Page: “It would be fair to say that the whole ceremony with sixty-one other recipients of Honours was a truly humbling and a privileged occasion to be part of with The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra playing softly in the background – Yes! A wonderful and memorable day.
“The Officers on Duty were delighted to watch after the Official Investiture as I – ‘Toe-Signed’ a copy of my book for Her Majesty with several DVDs.
“The photographers normally take 10-15 minutes afterwards taking pictures. We are so thankful to Johnny & Alan for taking at least 35-40 minutes doing a variety of pictures – including with my precious toes”, added Brian.
Paying tribute to his supporters closer to home, Brian went on to say: “Thank you for the many lovely emails and text messages we have received during recent days as we went across to London expressing your love, encouragement and prayers – May and I have been overwhelmed.”
Brian & May at ‘Look No Hands’ continue to work in partnership with several amazing disability ministries. His book also called: ‘Look, No Hands’ is available to purchase on the Amazon website.