A nurse who has worked in the community for 18 years has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Candice Pellett is a district nurse for Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust and has worked in Bourne since 1995.
She said she had been overwhelmed in November when she opened a letter saying she had been put forward for a New Year Honour and even more thrilled, when calls from reporters started coming in on New Year’s Eve.
She was awarded an OBE for services to nursing.
Candice, who lives in Spalding, said: “It’s very exciting and I feel very humbled to think that I am being honoured for doing something that I absolutely love and am passionate about.
“I’ve no idea who put me forward but the fact that someone took the time and effort to research me is also very humbling.
“This honour is not just about me, it’s about the wonderful people I work with and the nursing they do in the community.”
Candice, who is married to Mike, started her career as a banker but left in the 1970s to have her two children Sarah and Matthew. She had always been interested in nursing so instead of going back to banking, Candice started working as a nursing auxillary in 1989, and completed her training three years later.
She has been based in Bourne since 1995, working from the Bourne Health Centre and alongside doctors at the Bourne Galletly Medical Practice.
Candice gained her district nursing specialist degree in 1999 and has held the Queen’s Nurse title for the last six years, which recognises a commitment to high standards of patient care.
As well as working as a full-time nurse in the community, Candice is a representative on a number of national panels and forums, such as the Prime Minister’s Care and Quality Forum and as a member of the district nursing forum at the Royal College of Nursing.
She said: “Caring for people will always be my first priority and I’m so proud of the care we give, particularly the palliative and end of life care. What’s lovely about community nursing is that you are involved in patients’ lives. It’s a real privilege.”
She said her family were very proud.
“My dad died last Christmas and I’m sure he would have been exceptionally proud as well,” she said. “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet.”
Chief executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust Ellen Armistead congratulated Candice, saying: “This achievement helps to reflect the dedication and care our nursing and therapy teams give to hundreds of patients every day in Lincolnshire, and in particular to the work of Candice and the whole team in Bourne.”
Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole and Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Simon Parr were both awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
Mr Cole took up his position as chief constable in 2010 and has led a national portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers on mental health and disability since September 2011.
Mr Cole, who celebrated with a pint of Rutland Panther at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, said: “I am thrilled and humbled in equal measure to be awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list.
“I am not sure who nominated me but I am aware of the level of achievement required to get this award, not least because I know that we as a force nominated some great people whose names don’t appear in the list.
“The medal is inscribed ‘guard my people’ and I hope that all the men and women of this force who strive every day to do just that across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland feel able to share a part of it, because it reflects their efforts just as much as it does mine.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my family, friends and my immediate team, as well as those colleagues nationally who support work on policing mental health and disability, and local policing and partnerships.”
Mr Parr said: “Recognition of this kind is not what we work for in policing, which makes it all the more exciting when it comes. It is also a great reflection on the constabulary, and all the selfless work that colleagues do each and every day.”
Medical director of Rainbows children’s hospice, which covers Rutland, Dr Satbir Jassal, was awarded an MBE for services to palliative care for children and young people.
And Teresa Walton, of Oadby, who runs the Leicester, Northants and Rutland Cadet Force website, was given a British Empire Medal, known as a BEM, for voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force.