People who have made a difference in Cumbria have been recognised for their dedication in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The following people have been awarded MBEs:
- Catherine Dutton, chair of Kendal College Corporation, for services to education and training.
- Jess Gillam, of Ulverston, saxophonist and presenter, for services to music.
- Dr Carolyn Elizabeth Otley, of Cockermouth, for services to the community during COVID-19.
- Helen Storey, of Penrith, founder of Triple A, for services to the community in Cumbria.
The following people have been named Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
- Peter Alger, of Ulverston, for services to young people.
- Elizabeth Mawson, of Seascale, for services to the community during COVID-19.
- Melanie Ann Walker for services to the Allonby community during COVID.
Anyone can nominate someone for a UK honour through the ‘open access’ system and these are awarded to people from all walks of life.
The final decision as to who receives an honour is first decided by an Honours Committee and their recommendations go to the Prime Minister and finally to The Queen for approval.
The process can take up to 18 months, with recipients of honours announced in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and Birthday Honours List.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Claire Hensman, said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have received an honour.
“Receiving an honour is a huge achievement and I am pleased to see Cumbrians in this Birthday Honours’ list.
“I would encourage people to think about someone that they know who always goes the extra mile for others and who has made a special contribution to their community or to their area of work over the years.
“Anyone can nominate a person for an honour and I am very keen for people who have given exceptional service to the community to receive the recognition they deserve.
“These awards are special and for me they are the highest possible recognition of a job well done.”