Page last updated at 00:27 GMT, Thursday, 31 December 2009

ShelterBox founder appointed OBE

Tom Henderson
Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson becomes an OBE

Tom Henderson, the founder of the Cornish charity ShelterBox, has been recognised for his charity work by the Queen in her New Year Honours list.

Mr Henderson, from Helston, has been appointed an OBE for services to humanitarian aid.

Elsewhere in the county, foster carer Patricia Kelly, from Hayle, and fashion designer Luella Bartley, from Bodmin, have both been appointed an MBE.

Bude teacher Denise May also becomes an MBE for services to education.

Tom Henderson launched ShelterBox in 2000. In nearly 10 years it has become the largest Rotary Club project in the world, with affiliates in eight countries.

We work very hard with lots of people
Tom Henderson OBE

Boxes have been sent to 65 countries helping more than a million people.

ShelterBox has worked on every continent providing emergency aid to the victims of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and conflicts.

Mr Henderson said he was "immensely proud" to have been appointed.

He said: "On occasions like this everybody always say it's not a personal thing and I genuinely believe it.

"We work very hard with lots of people, from the trustees right down to our huge band of volunteers."

Community volunteers

Patricia Kelly, 81, has provided foster care for more than 50 children over the last 18 years.

She is highly regarded by Cornwall's social services, which said she rarely turned down a child for placement, and children and social workers would ask specifically for her foster care services.

Sidney Johnson, 77, has given a large amount of his time to the community in Helston.

He is a lifelong member of the Ruan Minor Methodist Chapel and has acted as the caretaker on a voluntary basis for many years.

He also carries out innumerable odd jobs and errands for elderly people in the village, from tidying gardens to collecting shopping and prescriptions, as well as providing transport to people who need to go to hospital.

Other honours in Cornwall:

Order of the British Empire


  • The manager of the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Richard Burningham, for services to the rail industry in the south west.
  • George Dawkins, from Penryn, for services to the community in Penryn and Falmouth.
  • Specialist community public health nurse Susan Greenwood, for services to healthcare.
  • Vice-president of the British holiday and home parks association, John Hick, from Falmouth, for services to the tourist industry.
  • Jean Messenger, from Bude, for services to the local after school club.
  • Sergeant Matthew Robertson, from Saltash, a dog handler with the Ministry of Defence Police based at HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth, for his contribution to developing the use of dogs in policing and mountain rescue work.
  • The former English Heritage head of visitor operations for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Callie Saxty, for services to heritage.
  • Liskeard based Peter Thomas, formerly project director at Devonport, Interserve plc, for services to the defence industry.

Royal Victorian Order

Former member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall, Robin Broadhurst, CBE, has been appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

Print Sponsor

Tom Henderson OBE
31 Dec 09 |  People and Places
More Cornish New Year's Honours
31 Dec 09 |  People and Places

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific