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More Cornish New Year's Honours
An OBE
Many people from Cornwall have been named in the New Year's Honours

An 81-year-old great-grandmother from Gwithian near Hayle is one of 13 people in Cornwall given a New Year Honour.

Foster Carer Patricia Kelly from Gwithian has been appointed an MBE.

Tom Henderson has been recognised for his humanitarian aid work through Shelterbox and has become an OBE.

Also recognised is Luella Bartley - now an MBE - who draws her her inspiration from the Cornish countryside and was last year named the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

Luella Bartley
Luella Bartley has recently won four Designer of the Year awards

Seventy-seven-year-old Sidney Johnson, from Helston, has been rewarded for his work in the community.

Ministry of Defence police officer Matt Robertson, from Saltash, has been awarded an MBE for developing the use of dogs in police and mountain rescue work.

Caring Patricia

For 18 years, Patricia Kelly has provided foster care for in excess of 50 children. She is highly regarded by Cornwall Social Services.

Patricia provides a calm, warm, caring home for young people, introduces them to new experiences, assists them towards independence and is a truly remarkable person.

She rarely turns down a child for placement, and children and social workers will ask specifically for her foster care services.

Patricia Kelly
More than 50 children have been fostered by Cornwall's Patricia Kelly

Patricia has maintained contact with a significant number of the children she has fostered. She provided support, without funding, for one young person whom she had previously fostered and who became homeless at 18.

Patricia accommodated the young person in her own home until they found suitable accommodation.

Her generosity goes beyond what might normally be expected of a foster carer. Patricia spent part of a recent Lottery win on a pool table for the children in her care.




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31 Dec 09 |  People & Places


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