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Award for tackling drink violence
The CBE, OBE and MBE medals
More than 50 people in Wales are honoured in the list

A pioneer in tackling alcohol-related violence and a nurse specialising in maggot therapy are among over 50 people from Wales in the New Year Honours.

Surgeon Prof Jonathan Shepherd, of the University Hospital in Cardiff, receives the CBE for his work with the NHS and crime prevention organisations.

Nurse Mary Jones, who works for a Bridgend company, receives the MBE for promoting maggots used to heal wounds.

Ex-Wales footballer Ivor Powell, who still coaches at 91, is also an MBE.

The Queen will also award four military honours to Welsh servicemen.

Jonathan Shepherd is honoured for services to health care and the criminal justice system, after his involvement in the collation of figures gathered by A&E departments shared with police to provide accurate statistics on alcohol-related injuries.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd
It's very exciting and enormously encouraging to be recognised
Prof Jonathan Shepherd CBE

"I was just so delighted when I heard and once I got over the shock," he said.

"It's particularly good and I'm really pleased that it has been given in recognition of this joined-up work we have been doing over the years.

"This joined-up approach to violence prevention is being recognised.

"I was really thrilled.

"The thing that is working for us is the sharing of information - information from the casualty departments with the crime reduction partnerships and that's being rolled out across the UK - particularly in Scotland and of course in parts of Wales and England."

He said it allowed officials to identify more accurately where and when violence was likely to erupt.

"It's very exciting and enormously encouraging to be recognised," he added.

Ivor Powell MBE
Ivor Powell coached with Don Revie's famous Leeds side

The MBE also goes to Ivor Powell, who still coaches the Team Bath football team, aged 91.

The Bargoed-born former miner, who is honoured for his services to sport, won 14 caps for Wales and played for Aston Villa and alongside Stanley Matthews for Blackpool during his playing career.

He has coached the Bath university side for more than 30 years and they now play in the BGB Premier Division.

Mr Powell called the award "an honour and a privilege."

He said: "I'm 91 and I've still got something left in me to give."

Author Chris Barber, 66, from Llanfoist, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, said he was "shocked and delighted" by his MBE for services to the community and tourist industry in south Wales.

Mary Jones holding a dish of maggots
I feel so honoured to have been recognised in this way, but I completely believe in what I do
Mary Jones MBE

Mr Barber has written 25 books about Wales and has in particular promoted the area around Blaenavon, coining it Cordell Country after the novelist Alexander Cordell.

"It has helped Blaenavon. It's an area which needs visitors," said Mr Barber, who is also the editor of the quarterly magazine Walking Wales.

Mary Jones becomes an MBE for her work in promoting the use of maggots to heal wounds.

Working with Bridgend-based biosurgical company, ZooBiotic, she has seen take up of maggot therapy increase from a couple of treatments a month 12-years-ago, to more than 200 treatments per week in 2007.

She said she had been "determined to spread the word" about how maggots could be effective treatment, even saving limbs from amputation.

"In my first year I did 28,000 miles travelling around the UK getting the therapy known."

"I've been on call since 1996," she laughed.

"I feel so honoured to have been recognised in this way, but I completely believe in what I do.

"Maggot therapy does save lives, it does salvage limbs, and it does improve a patient's quality of life, so every bit of effort on my part has been more than worth it," she added.



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