Seven handed gongs for 2018

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

SELF­LESS fundrais­ers, vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons from North Wales have been recog­nised in the New Year Honours list.

Seven peo­ple who have helped to make the re­gion a better place have been handed awards in the 2018 list, with po­lice of­fi­cers, char­ity fundrais­ers and com­mu­nity helpers all recog­nised.

An MBE has been awarded to North Wales Po­lice of­fi­cer DC Ti­mothy John Bird for ser­vices to polic­ing and the com­mu­nity in North Wales.

And another MBE was granted to Sergeant Scott John Gal­lagher of North Wales Po­lice for ser­vices to Polic­ing and the Na­tional Po­lice Air Ser­vice.

Karen Jones, from Cheshire, was also awarded an MBE in the honours list af­ter she helped set up the North­ern Lights Chil­dren’s Char­ity which helps young­sters in North Wales and the North West who have life lim­it­ing ill­nesses the chance to go on the hol­i­day of a life­time.

A num­ber of Bri­tish Em­pire Medals [BEM] were also awarded to wor­thy re­cip­i­ents from the re­gion.

Jenny Grif­fiths, 61, from Llay, who is chair­man of the Maelor Vol­un­tary Ser­vice [MVS], which helps raise vi­tal funds for Wrex­ham’s hospi­tal, has been recog­nised for her work.

MVS op­er­ates five cafes across the hospi­tal site, and through this work the ser­vice gen­er­ates funds which are do­nated to the hospi­tal to pur­chase ad­di­tional med­i­cal equip­ment.

Un­der her lead­er­ship, over the last four years the ser­vice has raised nearly £900,000.

Wil­liam Robert Roberts, from Conwy, was also awarded a BEM for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in Tyn-y-Groes.

Sheila De­la­hoy, 83, from Mold was also given a BEM for 25 years of self­less fundrais­ing for Can­cer Re­search UK and the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust rais­ing around £33,000.

As part of her fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties Mrs De­la­hoy, along­side hus­band John, ini­tially held cof­fee morn­ings at her home.

She built on the suc­cess of this which led to open house and gar­den events at­tended by col­leagues, fam­ily and neigh­bours who do­nated gifts to sell.

Mrs De­la­hoy launched her fundrais­ers in 1984 to raise money for cys­tic fi­bro­sis af­ter her niece and god-daugh­ter Ber­nice Ban­ner was di­ag­nosed with the chronic con­di­tion. She died in 2003.

Then in 1988, Sheila was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and un­der­went suc­cess­ful treat­ment.

She raised funds jointly for the two char­i­ties un­til the pair moved back from larger fundrais­ing events in 2008.

Mrs De­la­hoy said she had no idea the hon­our was to be be­stowed on her.

She said: “It is over­whelm­ing be­cause it is quite a long time ago since I did the col­lec­tions.

“I never thought I would get any­thing like that and I didn’t do it for any re­ward.

“I am very proud and hon­oured.”

An­ge­line Mar­garet Law­son, from Den­bigh, was also awarded a BEM for ser­vices to chil­dren, the ju­di­ciary and the com­mu­nity in Den­bighshire.

Chair­woman of the Cen­tral North Wales bench, she has been a mag­is­trate since 2006, and also vol­un­teers at com­mu­nity groups in and around Hen­l­lan. She also spends time go­ing to schools and col­leges to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about the con­se­quences of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

The 57-year-old com­pany di­rec­tor at Law­son Civil En­gi­neer­ing said: “I got a let­ter in Novem­ber about the award but was asked to keep it quiet.

“That was dif­fi­cult be­cause I have three adult chil­dren but when I did tell them they were ab­so­lutely m made up for me.

“Any­thing I do is as part of a group, w we all work to­gether and this award is in r recog­ni­tion of that.

“I went to the Palace two years ago be­cause of my work.

“It was lovely to be there but it rained that time and we didn’t get to see the gar­dens, hope­fully we will get to see them this time.

“I’m so hon­oured to re­ceived the award.”

An­ge­line Law­son also re­ceives the BEM for ser­vices to chil­dren and the ju­di­ciary

Sheiia De­la­hoy is given a BEM for years of fundrais­ing

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