Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

Ordinary heroes of the coronavirus pandemic and British lockdown have been honored by the Queen on the annual birthday list released today.

This year’s handout of CBEs, MBEs, OBEs and Chivalry celebrates those who helped the country through the troubled months of 2020.

Medical professionals, scientists, community champions and people from the hospitality industry can be found on the list.

The English footballer Marcus Rashford, who worked to care for the most disadvantaged children in the country, was honored.

And there’s an honor for Joe Wicks, the nation’s physical education teacher.

In addition to Krept and Konan, Dizzee Rascal and Lady Leshurr are also honored. Sir David Attenborough receives a new honor, as does Phil Redmond and the brothers who just bought Asda. ELO’s Tommy Steele and Jeff Lynne were also honored.

David Suchet, Maureen Lipman and Mr Motoivator are also honored.

A number of experts who brought their science, pharmacy and health knowledge to the fight against Covid-19 have been recognized at the Queen’s Birthday Honors.

They helped inform the government of their coronavirus guidelines and put in a tireless effort to develop a vaccine against the virus.

Most of the honor roll was created before the ongoing pandemic, but postponed to include nominations for people who will play a pivotal role in the early months of the Covid-19 effort.

Among those to be honored is Professor Stephen Holgate, Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton, who has been awarded a Knighthood for Service to Medical Research.

He is a co-founder of the pharmaceutical company Synairgen, which developed an inhaled coronavirus treatment. Previous studies showed that 79% of hospitalized patients who took the drug were at lower risk of developing serious illness

Prof. Holgate said, “This award comes as a great surprise to me.

“After being out of the limelight for so long, it is wonderful that the dedication, imagination and courage of so many colleagues are now being recognized in making lung disease a top medical priority.”

The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was instrumental in the international vaccine development effort and its chief executive officer Emma Walmsley is made a lady in this year’s list of honor.

This week, GSK and Vir Biotechnology announced that testing of their potential coronavirus treatment will move to phase three, where the study will expand to additional locations in North America, South America and Europe worldwide.

Ms. Walmsley previously spoke about helping researchers to scale a vaccine as quickly as possible, stating that “the best way to ensure access is to have the volume available”.

Of the Damehood, she said, “I am humble to receive this honor. It is real testament to the many great people we have at GSK and the work we do for patients and people here in the UK and at all over the world. “

Tim SpectorKing’s College London Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, who runs the CSS (Covid Symptom Study) app at health science company ZOE, has been named OBE for Coronavirus Response Services.

The app is government backed and used by more than 4.2 million people who provide health data to help researchers and the NHS understand and fight the virus.

Prof. Spector said, “It’s great that the Kings ZOE Symptom Studies app has been recognized in this way for its effects on Covid-19.

“The whole project started in just four days and was only possible with the collaboration of the great ZOE app team and the great academic team at King’s College London.

“This is an award for the entire team.”

OBE is also made Calum Semple, Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool and member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), which provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision-making.

He is accompanied by Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is also appointed as OBE for Covid-19 Response Services.

Meanwhile, Dr. George Kassianos, National Vaccination Director for the Royal College of General Practitioners, is also recognized for his efforts during the pandemic by being named the CBE for Travel Medicine and General Practitioners Services.

Important Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) workers were recognized for their selfless efforts in the fight against Covid-19 in the Queen’s Birthday Honors.

This year’s list has been postponed from June to include people such as health professionals, fundraisers and volunteers who have been instrumental in the fight against the coronavirus.

Among those to be appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) is Felicia Kwaku, 52, assistant nursing director at Kings College NHS Foundation Trust honored for over 30 years of service to nursing.

During the pandemic, she assisted BAME nurses through webinars that reached thousands of NHS workers at a time when they felt vulnerable, scared and concerned.

A new study commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan found that blacks are almost twice as likely to die of Covid-19 as whites.

The report, published Tuesday and conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester, found that inequality was due in part to long-standing socio-economic inequalities, as well as the over-representation of BAME individuals in occupations such as health and social care – more prone to exposure to the virus.

Miss Kwaku, of Islington, North London, said it was “timely and appropriate” that BAME people be recognized for their efforts during Black History Month.

“You cannot ignore the significant number of nurses and midwives who have died, and a significant number of them have BAME backgrounds,” she said.

“One cannot ignore the fact that people put their lives down during this pandemic. It is only right, appropriate, and appropriate to honor them and honor those who continue to serve.”

Miss Kwaku also stood up for the Filipino nurses cause. An analysis by the PA news agency shows that at least five out of 196 frontline health and care workers who have contracted Covid-19 since March are from the Philippines.

She said she raised issues related to personal protective equipment (PPE) for BAME workers, particularly with certain types of surgical masks that are built for white Caucasian men that are unsuitable for some Asian and Filipino nurses and doctors.

When she was promoted to OBE, she said, “It is my responsibility to really represent my profession and for BAME people who do not reach these levels often, it is a real privilege for me.”

Winsome ThomasThe 57-year-old, who has been a nurse with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for 21 years, is also honored for her services to nursing and awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

In 2018, Ms. Thomas co-founded the BAME Nurses and Midwives Network of the Trust and took over leadership the following year.

She highlighted issues with PPE that were not adequately safe for BAME workers and, given the emerging picture of the pandemic, advocated a greater focus on their welfare and union support.

Meanwhile, Ali GhorbangholiThe 29-year-old co-founder and director of the GoodSAM app was also named OBE for voluntary service during the Covid-19 response.

The GoodSAM app warns people trained to administer CPR and defibrillation to those nearby who are suffering from cardiac arrest and allows them to provide assistance before emergency services arrive.

In March of this year, NHS England reached out to Mr Ghorbangholi and co-founder Professor Mark Wilson, 46, who will also be named an OBE this year, to develop a platform to mobilize volunteers in support of vulnerable, screened people across the country .

Starting on April 7th, around 750,000 people signed up as volunteers within 48 hours, with 4,000 successful registrations per second at its peak.

Mr. Ghorbangholi of Hanger Lane in Ealing, West London, said: “I spent most of my time in a dark room staring at a computer screen so the OBE means a lot to me.

“The response to the app has been really heartwarming. It has reached a lot of people. This shows the level of willingness people are willing to help others. This is real evidence for the people of England.”

Speaking of the BAME people honored this year, he said, “It shows diversity and great work and great accomplishments that are honored regardless of your background, age, or gender. It can be a motivational factor for so many others.”

A person who volunteered 750 hours through the app will also be honored for their service to the community during Covid-19.

Mustafa KoksalThe 63-year-old York-based First Bus supervisor did at least one voluntary service every day for the two months he was on vacation. In total, there were more than 80 trips to do shopping or collect recipes for the elderly and disabled in the city.

Elsewhere, Jatinder HarchowalThe 51-year-old Chief Pharmacist of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the pharmaceutical profession for over 16 years.

Mr Harchowal, from Kingston, West London, has been asked by NHS England to become Pharmacy Director at Nightingale Hospital London, which was built specifically to support all of London’s hospitals during the pandemic.

At a time when he was contracting Covid-19 and living apart from his family for eight weeks, he set up pharmacy duty at Nightingale Hospital in the Excel Center to complete his job and keep them safe.

He said, “I am utterly honored and humbled. It is a testament to the team I worked with at Nightingale and Royal Marsden that has supported me tremendously.”

“It was really a challenge, I have years of experience, but this was an unusual situation for all of us. I couldn’t have done it without working really closely with colleagues across London.”

A supermarket depot manager who organized a celebration to thank the caregivers for their efforts in the coronavirus crisis was honored at the queen’s birthday party.

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During an organized visit by supervisors to the Asda clothing depot in Washington, Tyne and Wear in April, the staff applauded and the trucks honked Lucy Mansell render.

The 32-year-old night supervisor realized that caregivers caring for vulnerable people in their own four walls could feel overlooked during the initial lockdown compared to other key workers.

She arranged for members of a local nursing service to visit the depot so that her crucial work could be recognized.

Nurses entered the huge depot yard, where around 50 Asda employees clapped and drivers in their trucks beeped their horns to thank them for everything they had done. The visitors felt emotional and valued.

Ms. Mansell-Render, who is a member of the Depot’s wellbeing team and lives in Washington, also spent free time delivering chocolates to colleagues who provide shelter at home.

She has been awarded a British Empire Medal for helping others.

Jennifer Stelling, general manager of the depot, said: “Lucy acted selflessly during the pandemic and is always thinking of others.

“The caregivers who visited our depot for the socially distant recognition were deeply touched, and I’m sure Lucy gave them a memory in such a terrible climate that the team will look back on positively.

“Lucy is an honor to Asda and the depot she works at and I am very proud to have received this well-deserved recognition.”

Ms. Mansell-Render said: “I am honored to be recognized for this award. However, it was a team effort and I would like to thank everyone involved for myself and the team here.”

A restaurateur from Glasgow who gave free meals to NHS staff and vulnerable people during the lockdown was named an MBE.

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David Maguire The 62-year-old said his first clients on the first day of the lockdown – nurses from the Beatson Cancer Center at Gartnavel Hospital – inspired him to help out during the pandemic.

They visited his West End restaurant 1051 GWR for lunch as all of their usual places had to close, including the hospital canteen.

When Mr Maguire and Chef Steven Caputa served the nurses, he said, “We looked at each other and left, we just can’t burden them. We only make pizza and pasta, but these girls risked their lives to go on with their patients, so we thought we’d just give it to them. “

That started a movement where the restaurant prepared more than 800 free meals a day for the next 11 weeks. During this time he lived in his garage while his wife shielded herself.

While they initially started helping NHS workers have a hot meal each day, the food was also given to homeless people and families in need.

He started a fundraiser with £ 10,000 of his own money that raised more than £ 68,000.

Mr Maguire said, “The restaurant has gone from being a restaurant to a huge food production center.”

He said he was “delighted” to be included on the Queen’s Birthday List, but stressed that it was a team effort and that it would not have “lasted a week” without Mr. Caputa and associate Melody Whitley.

Mr Maguire said, “If Steven hadn’t been enthusiastic and determined, none of this could have happened.

“It was really his ability as a cook and his ability as a cook.

“If you turn to a Michelin starred chef and tell them how many dinners you can make, and they usually make about 40 a night.

“If you say you can do 1,500 a day, most would say no. They are completely different skills and not many people have them, and he’s fantastic. “

Meanwhile, Ms. Whitley did not take a day off during the lockdown to ensure she could get enough food.

He said, “She goes around supermarkets and collects the surplus, she goes around all the manufacturers, she brings things to us to be turned into meals, she delivers things from us to all the hostels in Glasgow.”

Mr Maguire also said he would have been lost without his wife Veronica.

“It was shielded, so I had to live in our garage for 11 weeks,” he said. “And for 11 weeks my wife made sure I got breakfast and dinner and kept the place warm and tidy for me and did absolutely everything so I could spend my time on the go.

“Without their support, I wouldn’t have lasted more than a few days.

“If someone really cares about you and makes sure you feel comfortable and full, you can walk for a very long time.

“When you work with people who are so motivated, for whom nothing is difficult or problematic, or who are in a pretty good mood all the time, these things are easy to do.

“You’re involved in a little rush of adrenaline and you’re riding the wave with it.

“The fact that there are good people out there to help and motivate you was easy for us to see in the NHS staff.”

Dr. Conall McCaughey The 59-year-old was instrumental in increasing the number of samples analyzed in laboratories from eight per day in February to now 1,500 per day.

In the spring phases, they nearly ran out of reagents that were essential to determining whether a swab was positive.

Dr. McCaughey said, “We have done things in days that would normally take weeks and weeks that would normally take six months.

“It was stressful and also very affirmative that the system can actually do big things quickly and bigger things faster than any of us who work in the system have ever seen or thought possible.”

Downpatrick’s Belfast Health Trust Consultative Virologist in Co Down has been named OBE for Emergency Laboratory Testing Services.

He said, “I’ve been in a busy work bubble and it just came out of the blue and I’m determined to have a little fun with it tomorrow.”

He added, “I am both proud and humble and very aware that there are so many people behind us and in some ways I am the man in the frame and really a role model rather than the person who made this possible.”

His laboratory was flooded with fresh and enthusiastic new assistants as the crisis deepened.

Dr. McCaughey said, “This is completely unprecedented for something so vast to be accomplished at such a speed and such a level of change.”

The first tests on February 7th were done manually.

“Everything has changed so quickly, at such great pace and with such complexity.”

He said a sample could flow into five different workflows.

The last week in January and early February was a very intense time.

Much of his job involved communicating with the other laboratories around the country and a veterinary facility that also analyzes tests.

He said many would never have imagined a veterinary laboratory would be involved before the pandemic.

He added: “We had to put our eggs in more than one basket to be resilient.

“In the spring we ran out of reagents.

“There were times when we completely changed our methodology.”

A train driver who volunteered as a paramedic treating coronavirus patients during the first crisis was honored at the queen’s birthday party.

Jolene MillerThe 42-year-old left her position as a driver for Northern Rail and worked in the triage at Darlington Memorial Hospital examining patients as they came for treatment.

Previously, she had worked as a paramedic for about 13 years before becoming a train driver and retained her registration by working at events.

When the coronavirus crisis started in March, she was ready to volunteer after receiving permission from the railroad company.

Ms. Miller, of Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, said, “Services were reduced in March and I thought I can’t sit here and do nothing when I have skills that I could use elsewhere.”

She reached out to Northern Rail Human Resources and was given the green light 10 minutes after asking if she could temporarily return to her old role.

She said, “You were absolutely unreal, I can’t praise you enough, you were so supportive.”

Ms. Miller, who works out of Darlington Railway Station and runs trains in North East England from Whitby to Newcastle, was quickly sent to triage to examine the patients when they were rushed to the hospital.

Her role freed paramedics from their next job and allowed the nurses to continue their vital work in the hospital.

“On my first shift, I was a little nervous, no one really knew what Covid-19 was like,” she said.

“When that was over I was fine, everyone pulled themselves together and there was enough PPE where I was.”

She felt safe enough at work and felt better protected there than at her local supermarket.

She worked at Darlington Memorial Hospital for more than three months before getting back on trains after the initial crisis.

Ms. Miller said she was willing to do it again if the railroad company allowed and if the need arose.

She said, “They’ll have things in place when we have a second wave. So whether or not I would be needed again, I don’t know.

“Hopefully not.”

She was nominated by Northern Rail and was proud to be honored with a British Empire Medal.

Ms. Miller said she was proud of the honor, but was still aware that friends were still working for the NHS “day in and day out”.

She added, “I’m shocked that someone nominated me, it’s absolutely lovely.”

She thanked her husband, Neil, who is also a train driver, and said, “He really supported us.

“Some people at work said they couldn’t believe he let me do this, but he said,” You are trying to tell her that there is nothing she can do. “

Manchester United and England strikers Marcus Rashford was named an MBE in Services for Vulnerable Children in the UK during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The list of honors for the Queen’s Birthday 2020 was due to be released in June but has been pushed back to allow nominations for people who will play a pivotal role in the first few months of the crisis.

Rashford, 22, successfully campaigned for a turnaround in his free school lunch policy to ensure children in need receive meals throughout the summer.

The English striker has since formed a child food poverty task force that partners with some of the largest supermarkets and grocery brands in the country.

In September, Rashford received the Professional Footballers’ Association Merit Award for his efforts.

At the time, the United striker said: “What we’ve done so far is just a short-term answer.

“Me and my team behind me are just trying to come up with plans on how we can really help these kids for the rest of their childhood to find long-term answers to the problem.

“At the moment we don’t have the answers, but we will do our best to find them and move forward with the situation they are in as best we can.”

Brendan Foster was knighted for services to international and domestic sport and culture in North East England.

The 72-year-old former athlete was European champion over 5,000 meters in 1974.

Foster, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, won 10,000m bronze at the Montreal Olympics, Britain’s only athletics medal, and secured gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

Off the track, Foster, who has also established himself as a commentator, founded the Great North Run.

In a statement to the PA news agency, Foster said, “It is a real privilege to receive this award.

“Fifty years ago the Queen presented me with my first athletics medal at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent my entire life doing something I’ve loved since I was a child. attend, share my excitement through broadcasting, and over the past 40 years encouraging thousands to run for pleasure.

“The northeast has always been my home and the heart of my work. The overwhelming public support for the Great North Run has made it the flagship of the region, which I am very proud of.

“I have to thank the significant contributions of many others in receiving this award.

“It was really my privilege to work with all the people and organizations who shared the trip.”

Rugby union coach Warren Gatland has been awarded a CBE for Services to the Sport in Wales.

The 57-year-old New Zealander stepped down after 12 years at the helm after the 2019 World Cup in Japan, where Wales was beaten by New Zealand in the bronze medal match.

Under Gatland’s tenure, Wales won four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, twice reached the World Cup semi-finals and briefly led the world rankings.

Welsh Captain Alun Wyn Jones has been named OBE for Merit to Rugby Union.

Jones is well on his way to topping New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw’s record for most Test appearances later this month with a friendly against France ahead of the Guiness Six Nations’ belated clash with Scotland.

The 35-year-old Ospreys Lock has also won nine caps for the Lions as he prepares for a 139th friendly with Wales, originally scheduled for March.

Jones said in a statement released to PA: “It is a great honor to receive such an award.

“I was initially reluctant to receive such an award during these difficult times when so many people are doing so much good for the community and are of more value, but I see this as recognition of all the people who have helped me throughout my career. ”

Former Lions Captain Gareth Thomas has been awarded a CBE for Service to Sports and Health.

The Welshman came out gay in 2009 and revealed a decade later that he was HIV positive with undetectable status. The 46-year-old launched the Tackle HIV campaign earlier this year to improve public understanding of HIV and overcome the stigma associated with it.

The British Winter Olympics Eve Muirhead was awarded an MBE for curling.

The 30-year-old Scot led her team to the Olympic bronze medal in Sochi in 2014, but suffered a heartache when she tried to repeat the feat four years later in Pyeongchang.

Muirhead, a former junior and senior world champion, told PA, “Curling has been a big part of my life and when I finish curling I want to give something back to the sport.

“I just feel like I want to give back to a sport that has given me so much throughout my career, including now the MBE.

“It shows that I was valued and I want to help as many people as possible realize their own dreams in sport.”

Former English cricketer Darren Gough has been awarded an MBE for Services to Sports and Charity, while Jacqueline Anne Brock-Doyle, Executive Director Communications of World Athletics, has been awarded a CBE.

Former President of the Scottish Football Association, Alan McRae, receives an OBE for services to grassroots and professional football. Table Tennis England boss Sara Jane Sutcliffe and retired Northern Irish World Cup umpire Alan Snodd receive MBEs while Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace has been honored with a British Empire Medal for Service to Football and the Hertfordshire Community .

Joe Wicks said being an MBE was not something he could have imagined growing up and a “dream came true”.

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The body coach started out as a fitness trainer when sometimes nobody attended his boot camps.

That year, the 35-year-old set a Guinness World Record after one of his online fitness classes was seen by nearly a million people.

The Fitness Guru is being named MBE to help children stay active and mentally fit for his online exercise classes that began during the lockdown and for his charity efforts.

His workouts raised £ 580,000 for the NHS.

Wicks told the PA news agency, “I can’t quite believe it … Getting this is just amazing.

“I am so proud that I did something that helps so many people.”

He thanked those who had participated in the workouts and made it a “special moment in my life”.

“To all the children, the parents, the ladies at dinner, the school teachers, and everyone who participated in one of my workouts, thank you for being there,” he said.

“To get that … It’s something I couldn’t even imagine, I couldn’t even believe it.

“I haven’t even told my mom and dad yet so it’s a surprise to them and I hope they’ll be proud of me.”

And he added, “My childhood and how I grew up, if you’d met me as a little boy, you’d have thought he wasn’t going anywhere, he wasn’t going to do anything big.

“But I turned it around and I’m really proud to be that person who helps people.”

Wicks hat zuvor erzählt, wie er wegen der Heroinsucht seines Vaters, einem Mann, der „in und aus meinem Leben“ war, zu Bewegung und Fitness gekommen ist.

Jetzt hat er PA gesagt: “Ich bin so entschlossen, das Gespräch über psychische Gesundheit und Bewegung fortzusetzen und Ihre Kinder in die Umgebung zu bringen, in der Sie zusammen trainieren.”

Wicks sagte über die Möglichkeit, zum Buckingham Palace zu gehen: “Meine Mutter und mein Vater würden mich auf eine Reise nach London mitnehmen, und ich erinnere mich, wie ich vor den Toren stand und mich immer fragte, wie es wirklich drinnen ist.

„Es wäre erstaunlich, wenn ich die Gelegenheit hätte, dorthin zu gehen und die Königin zu besuchen.

“Ich bin mir nicht sicher, was passiert, offensichtlich mit der aktuellen Situation (Covid-19), aber es wäre ein wahr gewordener Traum.”

Er sagte: “Ich habe noch nicht gefeiert, weil ich darauf gewartet habe, dass es herauskommt.

“Ich werde wahrscheinlich einen schönen Gin Tonic mit meiner Frau haben und (mit unseren) Kindern in unserer Küche sitzen, vielleicht zusammen ein schönes Essen zum Sitzen haben und feiern und darüber reden.”

Wicks, der zunächst Schwierigkeiten hatte, sein Geschäft in Gang zu bringen, bevor er Motivationsclips in den sozialen Medien hochlud, sagte, dass PE With Joe seine „stolzeste Leistung“ sei.

Aber “der MBE ist das i-Tüpfelchen”, sagte der zweifache Vater, dessen kleine Kinder und Frau Rosie auch bei seinen Workouts auftraten.

“Die Auswirkungen, die ich auf die psychische Gesundheit von Familien und Kindern hatte, werden mir für immer in Erinnerung bleiben, und ich bin sicher, dass ich in den kommenden Jahren darüber sprechen werde.”

Wicks, der auch für sein Eintreten für gesunde Ernährung und seine Rezepte bekannt ist, sagte, als PE With Joe fertig war: „Ich hatte einen wirklich niedrigen Punkt.

„Ich fühlte mich wirklich ziemlich flach.

„Ich hatte so viel Sinn und hatte dieses strukturierte Ding in meinem Leben, dass ich es jeden Tag tat.

„Ich habe es wirklich geliebt und es geliebt, für Menschen da zu sein.

Als das erledigt war, dachte ich: ‚Was mache ich?

„Ich fühlte mich ein bisschen verwirrt, ein bisschen verloren.

“Ich möchte wieder auf YouTube sein und weiter trainieren, aber auch noch ein paar Live-Workouts machen.”

Er sagte über sein Training: „Ich wäre dort gewesen, wenn es eine Person oder eine Million Menschen gegeben hätte.

„Ich habe es geliebt, als es fertig war, habe ich es wirklich vermisst.

„Wenn du mich zurück haben willst, lass es mich wissen!

“Und wenn wir in eine andere (nationale) Sperre gehen, verspreche ich dir, dass ich jeden Morgen um 9 Uhr dort sein werde!”

Er fügte hinzu: “Joe Wicks MBE, ich kann es einfach nicht glauben!

“Es ist wie ein wahr gewordener Traum!”

Sir David Attenborough hat eine neue Ehre von der Königin erhalten.

Der geliebte Sender, der 1985 zum Ritter geschlagen wurde, wurde zum Ritterkreuz des Ordens von St. Michael und St. George ernannt, um Dienste für Fernsehsendungen und Naturschutz in der Liste der Ehren zum Geburtstag der Königin zu leisten.

Es ist die jüngste Hommage an den 94-jährigen Sir David, der vielleicht der bekannteste Naturforscher der Welt ist.

Der unermüdliche Moderator begann seine Karriere damit, Millionen von Fernsehzuschauern die Majestät der Natur näher zu bringen, und warnt nun eindringlich vor dem, was im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel auf dem Spiel steht.

Sein Einfluss auf die britische Kultur ist enorm. Er war nicht nur ein Pionier der Wildtierprogramme, sondern war auch als Controller von BBC Two tätig und für die Einführung des Farbfernsehens in Großbritannien verantwortlich.

Er trat 1952 in das Unternehmen ein und startete zwei Jahre später die erste seiner berühmten Zoo Quest-Serien.

Sir David war jetzt in allen Ecken der Welt, als er Dokumentarfilme drehte. Zu seinen jüngsten Serien gehören Blue Planet II, Klimawandel – Die Fakten, Dynastien, Ein perfekter Planet und Unser Planet.

Letzterer sah Sir David mit dem US-Streaming-Riesen Netflix zusammenarbeiten.

Anstatt in den Ruhestand zu gehen, hat Sir David weiter gearbeitet und seine Dokumentarfilme sind offener zum Thema Klimawandel geworden.

Im Januar warnte er, dass “der Moment der Krise gekommen ist” und “Entscheidungen über Leben oder Tod” getroffen werden müssen, um das Problem anzugehen. There is no more time to “prevaricate,” Sir David said.

His appeal spans generations. Earlier this month he fielded questions from a host of celebrity fans, including 85-year-old Dame Judi Dench and the teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish.

This week Sir David was unveiled as a judge on the Duke of Cambridge’s Nobel-style environmental competition, the Earthshot Prize, which will recognise ideas and technologies that can safeguard the planet.

The Order of St Michael and St George recognises service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs. The Grand Master is currently the Duke of Kent and the 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross display their banners of arms in the Chapel of the Order at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

As the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond has been responsible for some of the most gritty and impactful shows on British television.

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He has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions.

Born in Liverpool in 1949 as the son of a cleaner and a bus driver, he was educated at St Kevin’s RC School in Northwood, Kirkby, and later said he based his first ideas for Grange Hill on his time there.

The series about life in a London comprehensive school ran from 1978 to 2008 and made headlines for its gritty social realism, tackling issues such as racism, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, mental illness and HIV and Aids, and Redmond said he wanted to move away from the “Enid Blyton, middle-class drama” that the BBC had previously been showing.

Redmond, 71, also lent that realism to his soap Brookside, which ran from Channel 4’s launch night in 1982 until 2003.

The series broadcast the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television between Beth Jordache (Anna Friel) and Margaret Clemence (Nicola Stephenson), and had the first openly gay character on a British TV series.

The soap was different to others because it was filmed in real, brand-new houses in a real cul-de-sac.

Redmond’s production company bought 13 houses, six of which would be seen on-screen as sets., with the rest used for administration, post-production, and canteen facilities.

In 1993, he was brought in to shake up the ITV soap Emmerdale and devised a storyline that involved a plane crashing into the sleepy rural village, killing and wounding many of the inhabitants and giving the show its highest-ever viewing figures of 18 million.

Redmond turned his attention back to youth drama with the launch of Hollyoaks in 1995, and the show’s gritty storylines are still going strong today.

The show has tackled a raft of issues including self-harm, eating disorders and male rape.

Redmond also created the daytime legal drama The Courtroom, which was cancelled after 38 episodes.

Two years after Brookside finished, he sold his independent production company Mersey Television, established in 1981 to produce his TV projects, to Lime Pictures.

An honorary professor of media at Liverpool John Moores University, he has since turned his hand to novel writing, releasing his debut effort Highbridge in 2016, and is the chair of the UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel.

He previously received a CBE in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to drama.

The civil servant who found himself running Northern Ireland in the midst of Stormont’s powersharing crisis has been knighted for services to government.

David Sterling, who recently retired as the head of the NI Civil Service, said he sees the “humbling” honour as recognition of the whole organisation’s work during the turbulent three-year impasse without elected ministers in office.

The married 62-year-old said he hopes the achievements of colleagues amid the Stormont stand-off, and subsequently through the coronavirus pandemic, has challenged the narrative that the Civil Service is “broken”.

Mr Sterling, who insists he will not be using the formal title Sir David, said he never imagined that he would find himself in charge of public services in Northern Ireland.

“We were determined throughout that period that we would keep the lights on, we would keep the show on the road,” he told the PA news agency.

“But we wanted as far as we could to do more than just keep things ticking over.”

The father of two, who was a civil servant for 42 years, added: “When I think back and look at the enormity of the challenge, it would have been overwhelming if I had known in early 2017 that it was going to last for over two and a half years.

“I think what made it easier to cope with was the fact that, certainly in the early days, the expectation was always that the executive was going to be back reasonably soon.”

That was not to prove the case as the political impasse between the DUP and Sinn Fein, which was triggered by a row over the botched renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme but soon widened to encompass other disputes, drifted on and on.

It finally ended in January, when Stormont’s five main parties signed up to the New Decade, New Approach deal to restore powersharing.

Mr Sterling said one of the overriding emotions that marked his period at the helm was loneliness.

“It was quite lonely because you didn’t really have anybody to turn to,” he said.

“I joked that I was the only public servant in these islands who actually didn’t have anybody to report to.

“Nobody was telling me what to do, I wasn’t answerable to anybody.

“And that was just an unusual position for a civil servant to find themselves in.”

The responsibilities also came with an unexpected public profile, as he found himself fronting press conferences and representing Northern Ireland at major events.

“I take the view generally that civil servants should be in the background working to support their ministers,” he said.

“And it should all be about delivering for the minister.

“But I certainly took the view, and indeed all my colleagues did, that in the absence of ministers we felt we had a public duty to be more visible and to be answerable for what we were doing.

“There were some humorous moments too.

“I remember going to my car one Saturday morning and a young postman walking up the driveway and saying ‘all right mate, still running the country?’”

Mr Sterling highlighted the effort to progress stalled legislation to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse as one of his proudest achievements in the ministerial vacuum.

“I think that was one of the most shameful things that occurred in the wake of the collapse of the institutions,” he said of the payment delay caused by the political implosion.

“I wasn’t prepared to just let the HIA report sit on the shelf until ministers came back into office.

“That was just one example of things that we felt we needed to progress going forward.”

Seeing the Open Championship played at Royal Portrush last year also represented a significant moment, as it marked the culmination of his involvement in a long-term strategy to deliver big events to drive tourism growth.

Mr Sterling acknowledges the perception that the Civil Service is not fit for purpose has been perpetuated by the RHI inquiry, a probe that saw his own role in the flawed green energy scheme heavily scrutinised.

“The RHI report highlighted some major failings in the Civil Service,” he said.

“I was involved in that and my role has been set out very clearly in the inquiry report.

“I have said I deeply regret that.

“But I think sometimes it’s used to sort of characterise the Civil Service as a broken organisation.

“If we were a broken organisation, we wouldn’t have responded to the pandemic in the way in which we did.”

Mr Sterling believes the enormity of the Covid-19 crisis has fast-tracked the development of working relations between the parties in the resurrected executive.

But he does not underestimate the challenges ahead.

“I would be worried about the combined impact of Brexit, Covid and the risk of further austerity on this place, because I think we’re less well equipped to cope with the combined impact of those things than maybe other regions on these islands,” he said.

“But I would be optimistic that our people and our politicians can and will work together to take us forward.”

The retired civil service boss said he is “very honoured” at becoming a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, but stressed that he has no intention of using his new title.

“I will still be David,” he said.

“It is a great honour but the idea of being Sir David sits slightly uncomfortably on my shoulders.

“So I’ll not be making a big deal of it.”

Billionaire brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa have been handed royal honours a week after snapping up supermarket giant Asda in a £6.8 billion deal.

The Issa brothers are among a number of bosses made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, as they were hailed for services to business and charity for their work leading petrol forecourt operator EG Group.

The billionaires made their fortunes after successfully transforming their business from one rented petrol station into a network of almost 6,000 forecourts across 10 countries over the past 20 years.

Last week, the Blackburn-based pair revealed they will take the reins at Asda after winning a multibillion-pound auction to buy the UK grocery chain from Walmart.

On Friday, Asda confirmed the brothers and private equity backers TDR Capital agreed the takeover deal, committing to keep the Leeds quarters and vowing to invest more than £1 billion into the retailer over the next three years.

Elsewhere, GlaxoSmithKline boss Emma Walmsley is made a dame for services to the pharmaceutical industry and business after leading the UK’s biggest drugs manufacturer for the past three years.

As chief executive, Ms Walmsley has also been instrumental to the company’s involvement in international efforts to develop a vaccine.

Property tycoon Tony Gallagher has been given a knighthood in relation to his service to “land development and the property business”.

The founder of Gallagher Estates is a friend of former prime minister David Cameron and a major donor to the Conservative Party.

Fashion entrepreneur Paul Smith has also been recognised on the annual list, being named as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

There are also honours for a raft of business leaders recognised for their achievements in the utilities sector.

Richard Flint, who recently retired as Yorkshire Water’s chief, Olivia Garfield, chief executive at Severn Trent, and Chris Jones, who stepped down as chief of Welsh Water last year, all become CBEs.

Sally Wainwright has said it feels “emotional” to receive an OBE following the success of her drama Gentleman Jack.

The screenwriter behind some of the most popular British dramas of the last decade has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to writing and television.

Among her acclaimed dramas are Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax, Scott & Bailey and Gentleman Jack, about Regency-era landowner Anne Lister, who is regarded as the “first modern lesbian”.

She told the PA news agency: “It’s not the kind of thing people in my family would ever normally expect to receive.

“I’m pleased that it’s come on the back on Gentleman Jack because I’ve been working on that for 20 years.

“It’s been the highlight of my career to be able to write about Anne Lister so I feel quite emotional, I didn’t expect that.

“So for it to come on the back of that has been really quite beautiful actually.”

She added: “It had good viewing figure and it had very good reviews and it went down well in America too (where it aired on HBO) but on top of that there was this thing called the Gentleman Jack effect (visitors to Anne Lister’s Yorkshire home trebled and many viewers from the LBGT community contacted stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle to say they felt represented in a way that had not before).

“When you write dramas you hope you touch people in lots of different ways, as well as entertaining them, but to have written something that so many people said ‘it’s changed my life’, to have written a TV show that has changed people’s lives, it’s just never happened before.

“Even with Happy Valley being really successful and Last Tango is very well loved, to have written something that has actually changed people’s lives…it’s kind of a unique project in so many ways because she was a unique person, a unique character and it’s like everything she does becomes special and complicated.

“I just feel very privileged and lucky that I was the person who was in the right place at the right time to be the one who ended up dramatising her life.”

The Yorkshire-born writer, 57, said she was been writing the second series of the BBC drama throughout lockdown, finally completing the final episode two weeks ago.

She said: “It’s taken me 13 months to write it.

“I think people do assume that (lockdown) was a great time to get your head down but I actually found it really difficult to concentrate, particularly in the early months.”

She added that production is due to start “very soon” and that she hopes the second series will air next year.

Wainwright continued: “I’m writing Happy Valley 3 now, that is the next thing on the list.

“I’ve only just started, I’m getting all the research together but we have got some good storylines in mind.”

Asked about the future of Last Tango In Halifax, she said: “It’s there, I thoroughly hope and intend to come back to it, it’s just finding space and time to do it.

“I’m not directing Gentleman Jack this time which I’m very sad about but I made that choice because I wanted to get on with Happy Valley 3 and I hope I will be directing that but we will see, it’s just very time consuming.

“All the time I’m directing I’m not writing so it’s a big decision.”

Rockers Tommy Steele and Jeff Lynne are among a number of figures from the music world named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Steele, 83, has been made a knight for services to entertainment and charity after a six-decade career.

The singer and actor rose to fame with ’50s hits like Singing The Blues, which cast him as the UK’s first teen idol, and earned comparisons with Elvis Presley.

Steele, born Thomas Hicks in Bermondsey, south-east London, has also appeared on Broadway and in the West End, and was made an OBE in 1980.

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Lynne has been made an OBE for services to music.

He is best known as co-founder and vocalist for the innovative rock band Electric Light Orchestra.

Lynne is often considered one of Birmingham’s greatest musical exports, alongside UB40, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.

He founded ELO in 1970 with Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan.

The band fused classical music and rock, producing songs such as Livin’ Thing, Mr Blue Sky, Telephone Line and Evil Woman.

He later co-founded the rock supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

Dizzee Rascal, 36, has been made an MBE for services to music.

The rapper, real name Dylan Mills, helped pioneer the grime genre with his Mercury Prize-winning 2003 debut album Boy In Da Corner.

He found commercial success more than a decade before grime, a style of rap originating in London, became mainstream with artists such as Stormzy and Dave.

Since then he has released six studio albums and scored five UK number one singles.

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has received a CBE for services to music, charity and equal rights.

Armatrading, 69, was born on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts but moved to Brookfields, then a district of Birmingham, aged seven.

A prolific recording artist, she has continued to release albums since her 1972 debut, Whatever’s For Us.

She is celebrated for her contralto voice and varied musical style, taking in folk, jazz, blues, soul and rock.

Lady Leshurr is awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and charity.

The rapper, real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro, hails from Kingshurst, Solihull, and is best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyle performances.

The rap duo Krept and Konan, real names Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson, are awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and the community in Croydon.

In 2017 they launched the Positive Direction Foundation to offer an array of activities to young people, including workshops in music production, engineering and songwriting.

In 2019, they judged the first series of BBC Three’s The Rap Game UK.

TV theme composer Tony Hatch has been made an OBE for services to music and charity.

Hatch wrote the theme for the ITV soap Crossroads but is best known for his collaborations with Petula Clark, the most famous of which was 1964’s Downtown.

He married frequent collaborator Jackie Trent in 1967 after meeting at an audition.

Two Talk Talk engineers who played leading roles in getting the Nightingale hospitals and other healthcare settings connected to broadband during the pandemic have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Peter Harding and Andrew Miller have both been made an MBE for services to critical national infrastructure during the Covid-19 response.

They got key infrastructure connected to broadband despite unprecedented logistical challenges, including the Nightingale Hospitals in ExCel London, Harrogate and Exeter, 80 care homes, 80 GP surgeries, 200 schools and 250 food distribution and logistics providers, among others.

They managed to get the new sites connected in less than 72 hours, when normally these connections would take several weeks to install.

A 100-year-old man who raised thousands for Covid-19 relief while fasting during Ramadan has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Dabirul Islam Choudhury raised more than £420,000 by walking 970 laps of his garden in Bow, east London, during the Islamic holy month, which fell between April 23 and May 23 this year.

This year’s honours list was postponed from June in order to include people, such as medical workers, fundraisers and volunteers, who have been instrumental in the fight against coronavirus.

Mr Choudhury said: “I feel proud they have honoured me for the efforts I have done.

“I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart.”

His son Atique Choudhury, 57, said: “Where we are from in Bangladesh, we don’t get much recognition for the work that we do, so this is for all the people who contributed towards my dad’s success and all the victims of Covid-19.

“He said his work hasn’t finished and he’s going to carry on working and raising money for people affected by Covid.

“We are very proud of my father for walking his garden and raising money for a great number of people, and getting recognised for the work he’s done is an honour.”

A supermarket worker who ensured that a care home could get vital supplies of food during the coronavirus pandemic has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

During the lockdown Julie Cook, 56, went above and beyond the call of duty to help the local community in Aberdare, South Wales where she works in the Asda store.

Ms Cook, who works as her store’s community champion, also gave up her spare time to support some of Aberdare’s most vulnerable.

A local care home could not get an online delivery slot and were struggling with the strict item limits in store.

Ms Cook took their shopping list each week and would have everything ready for care home staff to come and pay and collect.

She even helped them load the car.

She also helped support local hospitals by donating toiletries and Easter eggs to keep spirits up for staff.

The mother-of-three, who has worked at the store since it first opened 21 years ago, said: “I can’t believe it.

“An elderly gentleman had said he wanted to write to Asda so say thank you for helping him, so when I heard I’d got an award I assumed it was something from Asda for that.

“I had to read and re-read it to see this was an official honour from the Cabinet Office, as I never imagined I’d be honoured like this.

“I was just jumping up and down when I found out, as I was so excited. I still am.

“I love to chat, so keeping it secret has been so difficult.

“When I’m out sometime people say to me, ‘You’re the face of Asda in Aberdare’ and I go, ‘Don’t be silly’, but they say mine is the first face they see when they look for anything about the store.

“As I know so many people here they’ll often ask me first about things, how I can help in the community, whether something’s on special offer, of whether we’ve got some clothes they’re looking for in their size.”

A quizmaster who spent two years as a down and out on the streets of London will return to the capital to receive an MBE awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Jay Flynn’s online virtual pub quiz was intended as a small event to entertain his friends and regular quizzers using a webcam from his living room, after the lockdown shut pubs and bars across the nation.

He absent-mindedly left the Facebook event public and instead of the expected 30 or 40 players, it attracted interest from half a million people.

The weekly events, also streamed on YouTube, became a lockdown phenomenon, regularly bringing hundreds of thousands of people together during the socially-distanced weeks of isolation.

Mr Flynn’s efforts have also now raised three quarters of a million pounds for charities and, for efforts to the Covid-19 response, he has been awarded the MBE.

The 38-year-old, who lives in Darwen, Lancashire, with his wife, Sarah and son, Jack, aged three, said: “I nearly fell backwards off my chair. I thought, ‘This can’t be real.’

“I’m completely overwhelmed and honoured.

“It was not something I ever thought I would achieve. I never thought I would achieve anything in my life. I don’t think it will sink in until I go to the ceremony. I’m blown away.”

A St John Ambulance volunteer has said he wants his OBE to shine a light on the work of all his colleagues.

Adrian Petticrew, 53, from Banbridge, Co Down, has been involved with the charity since he was 10, carrying on from his father and grandfather.

But this year saw the biggest challenge yet, co-ordinating St John resources with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) through the pandemic.

He described being made an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list as one of a number recognised for their contribution as a shock.

“I was just performing the role I do within St John, a very very pleasant surprise,” he told the PA news agency.

Mr Petticrew is the regional NHS liaison officer for St John Ambulance.

A former chief scientific adviser for Scotland has encouraged women to enter science and engineering fields as she was made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Muffy Calder, vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She was recognised by the Queen as a “tireless advocate for science and an inspirational role model for future generations of scientists and for women in science”.

Prof Calder, 62, was born in Canada but has lived most of her life in Scotland.

She received notification of her award by email in May, initially thinking it was meant for someone else.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she told the PA news agency. “I got out my camera and took a photograph. It was like, have I imagined this? I’m so surprised and so pleased, and also a little bit embarrassed as well.”

Maureen Lipman has enjoyed a varied career on stage and screen spanning more than 50 years.

The 74-year-old actress, who has been made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to charity, entertainment and the arts, has been a regular presence on TV since the 1960s.

Her lengthy CV includes everything from a comedy turn in a BT advert to a supporting role in an Oscar-winning drama.

Lipman was born in Hull in 1946 and described the city as a welcoming place to grow up for a Jewish family, saying there was no antisemitism.

An NHS nurse who founded and co-ordinated a national movement to make scrubs for frontline workers when supplies ran short during the coronavirus pandemic has been made an OBE.

Ashleigh Linsdell started For The Love of Scrubs when she and colleagues in the A&E department where she worked at the time were struggling with unsuitable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Disposable paper scrubs were prone to splitting and were often ill-fitting, she said, adding: “You can’t be a professional nurse giving the care that you require when you are so uncomfortable.”

She used her own money to buy fabric from wholesalers and make scrubs for colleagues, helped by her experience of running a small business making children’s clothes.

The, 30-year-old, of Cambridge, was encouraged to set up a Facebook page and things spiralled from there.

More than 70,000 volunteers helped make 1.2 million items of PPE for frontline workers, and a further million face coverings in addition.

People initially self-funded to sew scrubs, before a fundraising campaign raised more than £1 million to buy fabric to make PPE.

The operation was run from her home, with material cut there and sent to volunteers to make into scrubs and her husband George Linsdell liaising with hospitals.

Two months on, the movement had 148 sub-groups around the country to help organise local activity.

She studied at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art and one of her early big film appearances came in 1968 drama Up The Junction, playing a working class young woman who befriends Suzy Kendall’s wealthy heiress.

The role was typical of Lipman’s early career. “I generally played northern working class girls,” she said. “The girl who didn’t get the man, the best friend who made jokes and then didn’t get the man. The pattern was set.”

Lipman starred in hit ITV sitcom Agony from 1979 to 1981, playing an agony aunt who dished out advice to others while her personal life was a shambles.

A multimillionaire property developer who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservative Party has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Tony Gallagher, who is a friend of David Cameron, is honoured for “services to land development and the property business”.

The businessman is said to be part of the so-called “Chipping Norton set” centred around the Cotswolds village in the former prime minister’s old Oxfordshire constituency.

A juniors coach who gave Rory McIlroy his first break in golf aged seven has been honoured with a British Empire Medal.

Eddie Harper, from Belfast, admitted the future four-time major winner from Northern Ireland to Holywood Golf Club three years early after he promised to obey the rules and not cause any annoyance.

He interviewed McIlroy for early entry into the club when the normal admission age was 10.

Mr Harper recalled: “He assured me he knew all the rules of golf and would not annoy people.”

The club in the hills with spectacular views of Belfast Lough changed its rules to take him in.

Best known for playing Hercule Poirot in the long-running Agatha Christie detective series, David Suchet’s acting career has spanned 50 years.

He has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to drama and charity after a distinguished history on stage and in television.

Born in London in 1946, he joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16 and later trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

His career began in the theatre at the Watermill in Bagnor, Berkshire, before he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973.

His first television role came in 1970 in The Mating Machine and in 1980, he played Edward Teller, later developer of the US H-bomb, in a mini-series about the US Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer.

He portrayed Sigmund Freud in the BBC mini-series Freud in 1984 before he first appeared as moustachioed detective Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV in 1989 and received international acclaim, reprising the role over 70 episodes until 2013.

His interpretation of the Belgian super-sleuth is considered by many to be the definitive one and in his book, Poirot And Me, he mentions that Sir Peter Ustinov (who also famously played Poirot) once told him that he would be good at taking on the role.

An NHS worker who helped train nurses in delivering oxygen and managing deteriorating patients during Covid-19 care has been honoured.

Caroline Lee was made an MBE for her services to health care.

She said the pandemic effort was a collective one by all her colleagues.

“I am humbled actually.

“With anything in health it is never one person, for this it is not one person, it is the whole team.

“I often say to them, I may be the head of the organisation but the head is no good without the body, arms and legs to do the delivery.

“That body, hands, arms, legs and feet did incredibly well.

“We worked as one to be as responsive and agile as we possibly could.

“They were right behind me in everything that I said we would do.”

She is based at Knockbracken health care park in south Belfast and is head of the clinical education centre for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

A supermarket delivery driver who used his own car on his days off to make sure elderly and vulnerable customers got their shopping during lockdown has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Geoff Norris, 53, who has worked for five years at Asda in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was honoured for his services to the Covid-19 response.

“I was shocked as hell to be honest,” he said. “I was absolutely gobsmacked.”

He continued: “As Covid hit and just before it started to lock down, you noticed all the delivery slots were being booked, everything was taken, so we were delivering to regular customers and on the last week or so before they were saying ‘we can’t get any slots’.

“I turned round and said ‘look, I’ll see what I can do, just keep your eye open’.”

He rallied “four or five” driver colleagues to volunteer their own time to pick shopping, go through the tills and deliver it in their own vehicles on a Sunday.

He took orders by email and phone with the help of his wife Vanessa and 22-year-old daughter Anna, or if customers contacted the store directly colleagues passed on the order to him.

They posted about what they were doing on a local Facebook group and were contacted by some people who lived many miles away but were calling, panicked about how to get food for vulnerable parents who had no internet.

“I think we managed to do it for about 15 weeks,” said Mr Norris. “Don’t get me wrong, it was hard but it was very rewarding seeing the gratitude you got from people that didn’t think they could get anything.”

Former Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland has been awarded a CBE for services to the sport, while captain Alun Wyn Jones receives an OBE.

The 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was due to be published in June, but was pushed back to enable nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the coronavirus crisis.

New Zealander Gatland, 57, stepped down after 12 years in charge of Wales following the 2019 World Cup in Japan, where his side lost against New Zealand in the bronze-medal match.

During his time at the helm, Wales delivered four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slams as well as reaching the World Cup semi-finals twice. Also, they briefly found themselves ranked number one in the world.

Gatland, already appointed an OBE in 2014, is set to take charge of next summer’s British and Irish Lions planned tour to South Africa.

Mr Motivator says he feels “blessed” to have been an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

The fitness instructor, 67, whose real name is Derrick Evans, has been awarded the honour for services to health and fitness after creating online home exercises during the lockdown.

He also hosted a week-long workout with actress Linda Lusardi to raise money for Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

He told the PA news agency the lockdown “opened up a brand new platform for me”.

Mr Motivator, who was previously a staple of breakfast television – leading workouts on GMTV, returned to television screens amid the pandemic on BBC One programme HealthCheck UK Live.

A runner whose lockdown 5k challenge raised more than £5 million for NHS charities has been honoured by the Queen.

Olivia Strong, from Edinburgh, created the Run for Heroes 5km Challenge which inspired a million people to run five kilometres, donate £5 and nominate five friends to do the same.

Her idea, which she initially hoped would raise £5,000, went viral on Instagram with participants from more than 20 countries taking part – including Olympian Sir Mo Farah, singer Ellie Goulding, comedian Jimmy Carr and football coach John Terry.

The 27-year-old has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to fundraising during the pandemic.

Eve Muirhead has admitted the news of her MBE for services to curling helped ease the bitter memories of narrowly missing out on a second Olympic medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018.

The 30-year-old, a former junior and senior world champion who skipped her team to Olympic bronze in Sochi in 2014, agonisingly missed out on repeating the feat four years later when she sent down an errant final stone against Japan.

But having worked hard to shrug off that disappointment, and also the effects of a hip operation which briefly threatened her future in the sport, Muirhead says the recognition will spur her on towards what she is convinced will be another shot at Olympic glory.

Muirhead told the PA news agency: “Being a skip comes with a lot of pressure and it’s been tough since I missed that shot for a medal in Pyeongchang, so to get something like this at this point in my career feels like a nice cherry on the top.

“I’ve been curling for the majority of my life and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into getting where I am today in the sport, so although I’m very modest about these things it is definitely very nice to be recognised.

“If I go to Beijing (in 2022) it will be my fourth Olympics and I do feel like there is a moment that is waiting to come. I’ve had a great few years with Team Muirhead winning world and European titles, and I believe that we’ve continued to get better.”

She said it was “really special” to be given the honour, and added it is for all 1.5 million people inspired to take part in the challenge and her family and friends who helped set up the campaign.

A nurse who helped dying coronavirus patients speak with their families for the last time has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Alison Williams, 41, a research nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, set up her Rainbow Boxes charity at the height of the pandemic after noticing patients on the wards had few personal belongings.

She raised tens of thousands of pounds through social media to provide essentials to people who found themselves suddenly in hospital with Covid-19.

Along with a colleague and a few friends, she began distributing coloured Rainbow Boxes which include toiletries, pyjamas, phone chargers and other items to make the patients more comfortable.

The boxes are now found in 60 wards across 10 hospital sites.

Ms Williams, from Edinburgh, also used the funds to buy iPads to allow isolated patients to contact their loved ones when tight coronavirus restrictions prevented them from visiting.


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