A former teacher from Low Bentham has described his New Year honour nomination as a dream come true.
Christopher Williams is a vastly experienced counsellor and therapist and has been recognised for services to special educational needs.
I have always said right through teaching if there was just one young person I could help then it would be a job well doneChristopher Williams
The 66-year-old was shocked when he discovered he would gain the title of MBE.
Mr Williams said: “It all came as a bit of a shock, it is humbling to know that people appreciate me.
“I woke up in the morning thinking it was all a dream. I am very nervous at the thought of going down to Buckingham Palace.”
Mr Williams has been a member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for 20 years.
Prior to working as a counsellor he taught children with emotional and behavioural problems.
After his nomination he was approached by a former client, who at the age of four witnessed extensive domestic violence, who expressed his gratitude for turning his life around.
Mr Williams said: “One particular young man, who came from a terrible home background and had a lot of anger problems, contacted me when he heard, saying how his life had changed because of me and how he had gone on to do his A-Levels and went to UCLan and is now a teacher working with children with emotional difficulties.
“That got to me more than the award, I was moved to tears.
“I have always said right through teaching if there was just one young person I could help then it would be a job well done.”
Mr Williams will be informed in February when he will be visiting the palace to receive his honour from a member of the Royal family.
He will take his partner and two children who live and work in London.
“I have told them there is certain etiquette they have got to go through, it is not a football match.
“I am nervous for all the rules you have to follow when you are meeting the Queen, you have to bow and walk backwards and I am worried I will fall over,” said Mr Williams.