District’s stars recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours

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An inspirational doctor who became a consultant, raised almost £150,000 for charity and worked to change taboos surrounding death, despite having terminal cancer, has been awarded an MBE.

Dr Kate Granger, an acting consultant in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital, is one of a number of people from across the area to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Hollybank Trust chairman of trustees John Hall received an MBE for work with the charity.

Mr Hall, 67, has devoted the past 25 years to the trust, playing a key role in transforming it from a small charity into an £11m organisation.

He was recognised for his services to children and adults with special needs and disabilities.

Anita Ruckledge, who has dedicated 40 years to helping dementia patients, has been awarded an MBE.

Ms Ruckledge, lead nurse in dementia at Pinderfields Hospital, launched the Forget Me Not campaign last year to provide better services for those with the condition.

She received the award for her services to nursing across the district.

David Horsman, chairman of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, has also been awarded an MBE for services to the Yorkshire economy.

Wakefield’s Joanne Ashworth, director of forensic services of East Midlands Police Forces, has been given an OBE for services to forensic science.

Leeds South West Trefoil Guild group leader Brenda Swithenbank received the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Tingley.

Former miner Clive Cowell, from Allerton Bywater, who worked with schools across the district to arrange educational trips to the National Coal Mining Museum has also received a British Empire Medal.