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Queen's Birthday Honours for people from Rutland and Colsterworth

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Volunteers and business people from a host of backgrounds have received awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, announced tonight (Friday).

Among the local recipients to receive honours are businessman William Adderley, deputy chairman of the homeware retailer the Dunelm Group, who is being given a knighthood for services to charity.

A citation about Mr Adderley, who lives in Hambleton, said: "William Adderley has made a significant, sustained, contribution to social mobility in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. He stands out from other philanthropists not only because of the scale of his generosity, but also because of the way he deploys his expertise to ensure that his giving has the maximum impact. He set up the Stoneygate Trust 10 years ago, which aims to donate £5m a year.

The Queen
The Queen

"He has helped to improve the care for the terminally ill by donating £2m to Loros, the Leicestershire Hospice. He has invested in Leicester University’s Exercise Project and the Nottingham University Children’s Brain Tumour research fund. His philanthropy has funded 170 live projects and 22 Fellowships for scientists in a very broad range of fields. He has sponsored 45 students to attend five universities through The Stoneygate Trust. He contributed magnificently to the fund which enabled Westminster Abbey to commission and complete the creation of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

"Lastly, alongside his philanthropic donations, he is the deputy chairman of the Dunelm Group."

William Adderley is the son of Dunelm founder Bill Adderley.

Ali Wainwright, the founder of Rutland Foodbank, is made an MBE for services to the community; while Dr Emma Egging, formerly of Morcott and now of Colsterworth, receives an OBE for services to vulnerable people after she founded the Jon Egging Trust in memory of her Red Arrows pilot husband who died after a crash at the Bournemouth Air Show in 2011.

Elsewhere, Peter Lawson receives the BEM for services to the arts and the community of Rutland after founding Arts for Rutland, while Uppingham woman Janet Thompson also receives a BEM for services to the community after making scrubs for NHS staff during the pandemic.

Full stories will be on stamfordmercury.co.uk throughout tomorrow morning.

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