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Andrew Nebel, from Ryhall in Rutland, receives an MBE for services to charitable fundraising for the likes of Barnados and Duchenne UK

A charitable Ryhall resident, who has raised millions of pounds for charity, has received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Andrew Nebel, 70, who has lived in the village for over 30 years, received the award for services to charitable fundraising.

He spent 12 years as UK director of marketing and fundraising for Barnados where he lifted their regular annual fundraising from around £50million in 1997 to over £78 million in 2007/2008.

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A delighted Andrew, a father of two and married to Michelle, said: “It’s a very fine award to receive and I feel really proud.

“I think its for a combination of the things I have done since I retired from Banardos 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.”

Duchenne is a genetic disease that leads to a deterioration of muscle strength, function and ultimately death.

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