Retired Budleigh GP David Evans says MBE ‘is a reward for the whole community’

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 January 2018

Dr David Evans is on this years new years honours list. Ref exb 01 18TI 5988. Picture: Terry Ife

Dr David Evans is on this years new years honours list. Ref exb 01 18TI 5988. Picture: Terry Ife

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Dr David Evans, a GP in Budleigh Salterton for 30 years, will become an MBE after being named on The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

A retired GP responsible for spearheading the Budleigh Salterton Hospital Health and Wellbeing Hub project has been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Dr David Evans, 78, of Boucher Road, a GP in Budleigh for 30 years, will receive an MBE for his services to the community.

In his role as chairman of the Budleigh Hospital League of Friends, he pushed for the closed facility to be transformed into a health and wellbeing hub for the community. The hub opened in November 2017.

Dr Evans told the Journal he was surprised and honoured by the announcement and called it a ‘reward for the whole community’.

He said: “I am not the only voice and there are many others who would be equally deserving of this award.

“I feel it’s a reward for our community who never lost faith that we would bring the Budleigh Hospital Health and Wellbeing Hub to a successful conclusion.”

Dr Evans became a GP in Budleigh in 1968 and in March this year it will be 50 years since he first stepped foot into the town’s former hospital.

He served as chairman of the Budleigh health centre charity until two years ago and is just entering his 14th year as chairman of the Budleigh Hospital League of Friends.

As chairman, Dr Evans has overseen a fundraising campaign which has resulted in a £500,000 cash injection for the conversion project.

Mayor Councillor Alan Dent said: “It was largely thanks to David’s enthusiasm, persistence and energy that this project has been able to get off the ground and is now offering a whole range of health-related services to the local community.

“The award of an MBE in the New Year Honours List is a fitting acknowledgement of the huge contribution David has made over the years to many, many people in Budleigh Salterton.”

Former mayor Chris Kitson added: “His vision, shared by the local project team, was for a facility for the community. This has been achieved and this award recognises the community-focussed work David has done over many years.

“His previous involvement in the town as part of our GP team and past chair of the health centre charity is also well-remembered.”

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