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Robert Mitchell in Queen's Birthday Honours List


Apple farmer is good to the core

Apple and pear farmer Robert Mitchell, 52, from Sevenoaks, is another awarded an MBE for his services to young people.

The fruit grower became a volunteer with Corcordia, a charity which promotes international youth exchange in more than 50 countries, helping the foreign workers who picked the fruit on his farm.

He said: "It's a huge honour to be recognised in this way. It'll be an exciting learning curve for me.

"I'm just a farmer and any recognition comes from apples but this is completely different."

Speaking about his work for Concordia, Robert said: "I travelled through Eastern Europe, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania - many of those places are poorer than us.

“The thrill for me was to see young students we had helped and visit them back home. One person used the money he earned to build a brand new house for his disabled mother."


kentonline.co.uk - 11th June 2011



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