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OBE for child's rights campaigner
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The Moira Anderson Foundation was established six years ago
The daughter of a sex offender who campaigned for children's rights has said her OBE award would help hundreds of youngsters.

Sandra Brown set up the Moira Anderson Foundation in 2000 with the proceeds from a book written about how she found out her father was a paedophile.

The foundation was named after an 11-year-old child, who disappeared from Coatbridge in 1957.

Mrs Brown believes Moira could have been murdered by her father.

She has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honour list for services to child protection in Scotland.

We have supported more than 500 families and hope we now go on to do many more
Sandra Brown

Mrs Brown, who lives in Edinburgh, said: "I am absolutely thrilled for the charity.

"We see this as further recognition for the work we are doing.

"We have supported more than 500 families and hope we now go on to do many more."

The mother-of-two added: "I am looking forward to telling my children about the honour. I haven't been able to tell anyone at all."

Since its launch the Airdrie-based foundation has helped more than 500 families cope with child sexual abuse incidents.

It now has a full-time manager as well as dozens of volunteer counsellors.

Pressurise police

As a child, Mrs Brown believed her father Alex Gartshore's 18-month absence from the family home was due to a stay in a hospital that "children couldn't visit".

It was not until 1985, aged 36, that she learned he had actually been jailed for raping her 13-year-old babysitter.

She then became convinced of her father's role in the disappearance of 11-year-old Moira.

He died this year and although the case remains officially unsolved by police, Mrs Brown said she was still hoping to keep the memory of Moira alive and pressurise officers to continue the hunt for her killer.

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