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Work of unsung heroes is honoured
Lollipop lady
Lollipop ladies rub shoulders with celebrities in the MBE title honours
The New Year Honours list is crammed with household names from Olympic athletes to showbusiness celebrities and business high flyers.

But it also turns the spotlight on the more modest Britons whose work often goes unnoticed.

This year's awards include lollipop ladies, school cleaners, a hospital porter, and a campaigner who lost his daughter through a peanut allergy.

A number of foster carers and community workers also made the grade.

David Reading, who was made an OBE in this year's honours list, has played a leading role in making people more aware of life-threatening allergies.

He helped launch the Anaphylaxis Campaign following the death of his 17-year-old daughter Sarah, who died of anaphylactic shock after eating a lemon meringue pie that contained nuts.

'Embarrassed'

Mr Reading, from Ash, Surrey, was honoured for his services to people with allergies.

School cleaner Donald Morrison said he was "very embarrassed" to find himself included in the New Year Honours List.

Mr Morrison, 58, was made an MBE for services to education for his work at Lionel School on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

He has worked at the school for nine years and gives up his own time to coach the pupils in badminton, swimming and football.

Mr Morrison, who is married with two daughters. said: "I am just very embarrassed, I do not think I am worthy of the award.

"I just feel that I have not done anything, it is the kids and the parents."

Rescue work

Others given an MBE award included hospital porter Fred Adams for his services to the NHS at Scarborough Hospital, north Yorkshire.

School crossing wardens Margretta Campbell, of Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland, and Margaret Cobern, from Fordingbridge, Hampshire were also made MBEs.

For services to children in north Yorkshire foster carer Rachel Baker can now add MBE to her title, as can Edna Fletcher, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, who was honoured for her services to table tennis.

Mountain rescuer David Gunn, 47, said he was "a little bit in shock" but "very pleased" to be appointed an MBE after more than 30 years of life-saving work.

The honour was in recognition for services to the voluntary Glencoe Mountain Rescue organisation.

Bandmaster Roy Nowell was also made an MBE for his work for the 13th Coventry Scout Band.

And Elsie Bright, captain of the 1st Spalding Company, The Girl's Brigade, Lincolnshire, becomes an MBE for services to young people.



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