Josh Babarinde has been awarded an OBE in recognition for his social enterprise business, Cracked IT https://www.crackedit.org working with gang members to help them turn their lives around. But Josh has never forgotten where he started, in Willingdon Trees in Hampden Park. And he has never lost the passion and commitment for his home town, Eastbourne.
Former MP Stephen Lloyd commented,
“I first met Josh when he was Head Boy at Cavendish School. He was bright, sharp and a really nice kid. Josh then went on to a top university. Over the years I saw a lot of Josh as he subsequently volunteered to help me become your MP, and was also involved in many community initiatives across Eastbourne. When I heard that Josh had won the OBE I was absolutely thrilled.”
Josh led the EASTBOURNE TOGETHER as a response to Covid-19.
During the coronavirus lockdown, Josh and his firm launched a scheme to provide free video phones to Eastbourne’s care home residents so they could stay connected with their families and see their GPs online.
Josh also led the local Lib Dems’ award-winning #EBtogether campaign to telephone over 5,000 elderly residents across the town during the lockdown and connect those in need with local support.
Josh said: “I‘m so honoured and humbled to receive this OBE from The Queen and I’d love to dedicate it to our wonderful town. Without the opportunities and inspiration that Eastbourne and so many people in our community have given me along the way, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve a fraction of what Her Majesty has honoured me for today.”