Queen's Birthday Honours go to Andrew Nebel, Robin Lee, Priscilla Padley, Christian Hughes and Cara Charles-Barks
Hard-working people have been rewarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their work to make other people’s lives better.
Andrew Nebel, 70, from Ryhall was made an MBE for services to charitable fundraising.
He spent 12 years as UK director of marketing and fundraising for Barnado’s where he lifted their regular annual fundraising from around £50 million in 1997 to more than £78 million.
Father-of-two Andrew, who is married to Michelle, said: “It’s a very fine award to receive and I feel really proud.
“I think it’s for a combination of the things I have done since I retired from Banardo’s in 2009.
“I’ve been a trustee of three various charities since then - Merlin, an overseas emergency aid charity, Mencap, and Perenniel, the gardener’s royal benevolent charity.
“I’m currently the chairman of Duchenne UK and am very committed to raising funds for this terrible disease that affects mainly boys. We know there is a cure out there through stem cell treatment and gene therapy and we are really committed to pushing through the clinical trials.”
Founder of Wilds Lodge School in Empingham, Robin Lee, has also been made an MBE.
The 60-year-old from Edith Weston received the award for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities. H e said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s nice because it was my colleagues, my parents, my old boys that had nominated me.”
He added: “I’ve got some fantastic colleagues who have worked for me for 30 years and also some younger ones who bring so much enthusiasm and ideas.
“They’re very committed, very able and deal with all kinds of needs.”
Robin is married with grown-up children and is an avid follower of the Leicester Tigers.
Priscilla Padley, 70, a mother of three and grandmother of six from Nassington admitted she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she found out she was to be made an MBE.
Her award was for services to children and families through her leading role with the Nene Valley Care Trust. Having been a county councillor in Northamptonshire, and a magistrate in Corby for 18 years, Priscilla noticed there was a gap in support young people received when they left care.
“The trust helps people who leave care at the age of 16 for the next 18 months to two years,” she explained. “I’ve got a fantastic team of 18 volunteers and this MBE is really for them.”
Captain Christian Hughes, 45, a father of two from Stamford, is a special constable with Cambridgeshire Police. He received an MBE for services to the community as engagement officer for 158 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps in Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.
“My role involves going into multi-faith schools and talking about British values and army values,” he said.
Cara Charles-Barks, the chief executive of Salisbury NHS Trust, was made an MBE for services to the NHS. She lives in Clipsham.
Cara Charles-Barks, started her career as a nurse in Australia in 1991 and has worked across the NHS.