Fundraiser and education workers to receive honours

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THE chairman of the Friends of St John’s Hospice has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Brenda Flanagan, from Slyne, will receive the British Empire Medal for her many years of voluntary service.

She said: “I’m very honoured to be recognised.

“I’ve been honoured for my work at the hospice over 30 years.

“I’m president of the Ostomy Association, and I’ve worked in developing countries for more than 26 years.

“I’m still working with a project in Romania, to help bring about change.

“I have also set up groups locally, including the Cardiac Support Group and the Stroke Club, and both are still functioning as charities.

“Since 1980, I’ve been fund-raising for the hospice, and set up voluntary services.

“I’ve been on the board of trustees for 17 years.”

Fellow trustee Dr Mike Warren said: “Brenda has been very much appreciated for her dedication to the hospice, and has an enduringly pleasant approach, but also a reputation for absolute fairness and discretion.

“All this is done alongside a busy schedule related to her other voluntary work, which seems to continue unabated.”

Meanwhile, the former principal of the Adult College in Lancaster, Peter Garrod, has been awarded an OBE for services to further education.

Mr Garrod was head of Lancashire Adult Learning Service between 2006 and 2011, and is now a further education consultant.

The 59-year-old said: “It was a big surprise, but after having worked in adult learning for 30 years, it is nice to be recognised for the work I have done.”

Mr Garrod, who lives in Wray, and is married to Hazel, with two daughters, Kirsty and Zoe, will be collecting his OBE in the next six months.

A former vice-chancellor of Lancaster University has been given a CBE.

Prof Paul Wellings has been honoured for services to higher education.

Former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil, Prof Wellings, resigned from the university last year to take up the role of vice-chancellor of Wollongong University, New South Wales, Australia.

During his nine years at the university, Lancaster was ranked in the top 10 UK universities, and in the top 125 in the world.

Under his leadership, the university transformed its estate, with an investment of more than £350m in a large number of facilities such as InfoLab21, the Lancaster Environment Centre, the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, a new sports centre and 4,500 new residential rooms on campus.

A British Empire Medal was awarded to Thomas Liddle, for services to the community in Milnthorpe.

Former Morecambe Grammar School pupil Anne Marley has received an MBE for services to local government.

Anne, 59, recently retired from her post as head of the Children’s Youth and School Library Services for Hampshire.

Tony Smart, 77, from Heysham, was awarded an MBE for nearly 60 years of charity work.

Tony is well known in the Morecambe area for his tombolas, car boot sales and as a Father Christmas, from which he donates to 12 different local charities.

Three officers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment have also been honoured.

Lt Col David Thorpe will receive the OBE, Maj Hamish Cormack will receive the MBE and Maj Edmund Byrne (The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Territorial Army) will receive the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal.