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MBE for marathon running 'rabbit'

Derek McCarrick
Derek McCarrick started running after the death of a friend's daughter

A Kent man who has spent the past 20 years running marathons dressed as the character Roger Rabbit has been made an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Derek McCarrick, 73, of Minster, Isle of Sheppey, has raised almost 200,000 for Leukaemia Research.

He is appointed MBE for charitable services.

Other people in Kent being recognised in the honours list include Kent's Chief Fire Officer Charles Hendry, of Doddington, who becomes a CBE.

'Quite a shock'

Mr McCarrick said: "I'm absolutely thrilled.

"I admire all the people on the Isle of Sheppey and all the people in London that have donated money to me.

"It's this rabbit that's made the money."

He added: "A friend of mine, a taxi driver, his daughter died at 18 months old in Great Ormond Street from leukaemia.

"I did go in there [the hospital] with him and it was quite a shock that [someone] at such a young age could develop a disease like this."

The chairman of Lloyds Register, David Moorhouse, of Meopham, is made a CBE for services to the maritime industry.

Michael Glover, of Sevenoaks, who is a project director of the Channel Tunnel Rail link, is made an OBE for services to engineering.

Boxing historian Harold Alderman becomes an MBE for services to sporting heritage.

Mr Alderman refuses to use a computer and instead compiles statistics about the sport on paper at his home in Canterbury.

Bridget Jones, also of Canterbury, is also appointed an MBE for services to the Canterbury Gypsy Traveller Support Group.

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