Ramsgate dad recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

Casey Abbott is recognised in The Queen's Honours List

A Ramsgate dad-of-two has been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021.

Casey Abbott is honoured with a BEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire) for services to retail.

The Food Warehouse store manager was working at the Westwood retail park branch during the pandemic last year and put in place a number of measures to help the community, including early opening with an hour for pensioners only.

Casey, (pictured with wife Stephanie) who now manages a branch in Maidstone, says he was “overwhelmed” to find out about the honour.

The former St George’s student said: “I got a letter by email and thought it was a hoax at first. I was really shocked.”

Casey, who has worked for Food Warehouse for around two-and-a-half-years, has had to keep the BEM secret as the information was under an embargo.

He says he is looking forward to telling his parents when that embargo lifts at 10.30pm tonight. There will be a local presentation by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and an invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace to follow.

Casey with area manager Stephen Jones

The Birthday Honours List 2021 includes many people who worked hard for their community during the pandemic.

In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of the country, almost 23% of recipients are recommended for COVID-19 service. These include recipients who have given charitable and voluntary support to communities, service in health and social care, and those who have provided critical infrastructure support.

Casey with daughters Amelia and Sienna

The majority of awards are for the contributions people have made in their communities. Of those receiving an award, 62% are recognised for their community work.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in numbers

Of the 1,129 people who receive an award

986 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:

  • 323 at BEM
  • 457 at MBE
  • 206 at OBE

695 (62%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity;

567 women are recognised in the List, representing 50% of the total (39% of recipients at CBE level and above are women);

15% of the successful candidates come from an ethnic minority background:

  • 8% of recipients are from an Asian ethnic group;
  • 2% of recipients are from a Black ethnic group;
  • 3% of recipients with a mixed ethnic background;
  • 7% of recipients come from another ethnic background;

9% of the successful candidates are disabled or have a long-term health condition;

17.3% of recipients considered themselves to come from a lower socio-economic background; and

5% of recipients are LGBT.


  1. Good for him as he has helped the community during lockdown but what about all the others who carried on all through lockdowns serving those in need voluntarily in Foodbanks, or delivering food. Without them many more people who had been put out of work would be going hungry. These selfless people never even get a mention. They should all be given awards.

  2. What about the local people who have been doing this for years ? Running food banks, cooking classes etc etc.

    From your report he just put a few measures in place which his staff had to agree to starting work earlier !

    This isnt a pop at him , I just dont understand how people, who have just done a few things in a pandemic get awards yet people how have done it for years are ignored.

    We seem to being have a Marcus Rashford syndrome nowadays in awards. Do something for 5 minutes and get award, but the people who have done it for years are ignored.

    Not a dig at this bloke but lots and lots of people went above and beyond they job roll or volunteered during the pandemic.

  3. A person needs to be nominated in order to receive n honour from the Queen in her birthday list no nominations no honour can’t you just be pleased for the man?

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