Charity champions get the gongs

Charity champions are a true mainstay of the Queen’s Honours List, with a range of individuals recognised every year – from those working at a local level, through to CEO’s who’s charitable organisations have had an impact globally.

The Honours List is a chance for us all to recognise their success and celebrate their truly inspirational work whilst motivating others to do the same. Check out the individuals below who been recognised with an honour for their charity work:

Sir Martin Narey, (pictured above) received a Knighthood in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to vulnerable people. After a successful career serving the public sector, Sir Martin joined the children’s charity Barnardo’s and led the company through a period of significant growth, making it once again the UK’s biggest children’s charity (8,000 staff, 16,000 volunteers, £250m turnover) and transforming its political and media impact.

Sybill Williams was awarded an MBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List for her services to disabled people. Sybill founded Pedal Power, a cycling club for people with learning difficulties in the 1990s. True to form, Sybill cycled all the way to Buckingham Palace to receive her much-deserved honour!

After a successful career in education, Roger Smith had a career change and joined the Red Cross team in 1993 and is now the director of people and learning. Roger was awarded an OBE for services to First Aid in the 2015 New Year Honours List. 

Meanwhile, Jenny Smith, Chief Executive of national charity Homeless Link, was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Birthday Honours List for her services to disadvantaged people after spending more than 20 years committed to her cause.

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