With letters set to go out from the Cabinet Office over the coming days to those being awarded an honour in the New Year list, here’s a few household names I think deserve to be on that list:
Love him or loath him, there’s more to Simon than you might think and I don’t just mean his ability to irritate people. As well as being a world class entrepreneur and dream maker, particularly close to his heart are children’s hospices and animal welfare. Simon is the Patron of Together For Short Lives and regularly visits children’s hospices. He supports the children from The Chase Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital along with the RSPCA where he is Honorary President of the Bridlington branch and Patron of the Brighton branch. He donated £25,000 to a Manchester dogs’ home following a devastating fire that killed over 60 dogs in 2014.
Uber intelligent people usually get on my nerves and make me feel inferior, but Stephen is different. Not content with just being a comedian, actor, writer and presenter he is a tireless supporter and advocate for people experiencing mental health problems. He became the President of MIND in 2011 and actively supports Bipolar UK. Furthermore, he has a passion for conservation evidenced by his support of the charity Healthy Planet. As the ‘Friends President’ of the Terrence Higgins Trust, he also fundraises and holds a Gala Dinner every year.
A larger than life living legend who, rumour has it, has never had to buy his own drink in a Yorkshire pub. Geoff is the fourth-highest accumulator of first-class centuries in history and has made a remarkable, ongoing contribution to cricket, both as a player and broadcaster. Now a Patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, he has raised significant funds and even prompted George Osborne to donate £1m. Surely he must be worth an upgrade on his OBE by now.
Once a penniless single mother, Joanne became the first person on earth to make $1bn by writing books. According to the Guardian: “The scruffy redhead who used to write in the cafes of Leith has slowly transformed into a glossy couture blonde…”. More importantly, she has made great use of her wealth as an author to set up her charitable trust Volant. Whe also founded Lumos, which works to end the institutionalisation of children and more recently donated substantial amounts for the foundation of a new clinic at the University of Edinburgh to support patients with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases too. Another strong candidate for an honours promotion.
For the record, these outstanding people are not necessarily our clients, just those we feel deserve further recognition for their great work and achievements.
You will notice a common trait. Not only are they leaders in their field, they have also done a great deal for the community and charity, something that is increasingly expected from recipients of what is the most prestigious personal award in the world.
Most of the 2,500 or so recipients of a Queen’s honour each year are not famous. If you think someone deserves recognition at this level, simply call us on +44 (0)1444 230130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you an honest assessment of their chances.