Chiswick residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Images above: Clare Balding in 2016 – photograph Mark Allan; Robert Stephenson-Padron 

Two Chiswick residents honoured by the Queen in the birthday honours list

Two Chiswick residents have been awarded in the Queen’s 2022 Birthday Honours for their services to the UK.

Sports presenter Clare Balding was awarded a CBE for her services to sport and charity and Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care, received an OBE for his services to social care.

“I am so surprised and truly thrilled” says Clare Balding

Clare lives in Chiswick with her wife, former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold and has become one of Britain’s top TV presenters, hosting big live events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon, the Lord Mayor’s Show and the Trooping of the Colour.

The daughter of a racehorse trainer, she commentates on horse racing for Channel 4 and she has her own shows on BT Sport and BBC Radio 2.

She has written about her upbringing in her highly successful autobiography My Animals and Other Family, in which she described growing up around a racing stables. Her father Ian Balding trained Mill Reef, the 1971 winner of the Derby, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

She also writes children’s books, including The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, The Racehorse Who Disappeared and The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog.

Clare has appeared at the Chiswick Book Festival, given a talk for the RNLI in Chiswick and been a judge at the Chiswick House Dog Show.

Reacting to the news she had been awarded the honour she said:

“I am so surprised and truly thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour and very much see it as a reflection of how much people care about sport. I love being given the opportunity to broadcast sporting events and to talk about the positive impact of sport.”

Image above: Robert Stephenson-Padron with his team at Penrose Care

“Surreal” says Robert Stephenson-Padron

Being born in America and growing up in a trailer, Robert Stephenson-Padron said it was “quite surreal” to be awarded an OBE, as he did not know much about the monarchy. He said he was “honoured” to be chosen.

Penrose Care, based in Hampstead, is described as England’s “pioneer of ethical homecare” providing care which supports the “independence and well-being” of their clients who are both elderly and younger people with disabilities.

The “exceptional quality” of their care services was featured as part of the documentary Secret Lives of Carers, which aired on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015. You can listen to it here.

Robert was also awarded “Most Outstanding Leader in the Care Sector in the UK” in the Over 50s Housing Awards 2014.

He Tweeted his reaction with a picture of him and his cat meeting Prince Charles in 2019:

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