BSA co-founder awarded MBE

| 15.09.2014

Sparrow Harrison was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June for his charity work.

Sparrow HarrisonSparrow helped set up a stammering self-help group in London in 1968, which turned into the Association for Stammerers (later the BSA) a decade later when Speech and Language Therapist Peggy Dalton joined in 1978. Sparrow was named as the first Chair.

As well as that, Sparrow established the Cae Dai Trust in Denbigh in 1994 to provide sheltered accommodation for those left homeless after the closure of nearby North Wales Hospital, and has been involved with the Denbigh Amateur Boxing Club for more than 50 years, still training youngsters today.

At one point he considered his life to be ‘a total failure’ as he was unable to follow in the family tradition of a distinguished military career. “I had a bad stammer which made service life very difficult - the only thing that got me through was boxing,” he said. “The MBE came as a huge surprise. I can think of so many other people who deserve it more.”