NEW YEAR HON­OUR FOR RNLI MAN

MBE for 55 years vol­un­teer­ing at Holy­head sta­tion:

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A ROCK star, a dou­ble-am­putee Afghan vet­eran and a lifeboat vol­un­teer are among those from North Wales recog­nised on the New Year’s Hon­ours list.

The Sec­re­tary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “These hon­ours recog­nise and cel­e­brate the hard­work and achieve­ments of the in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who go above and be­yond to put oth­ers be­fore them­selves.

“From house­hold names to those silently serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties...I am proud to see peo­ple from all walks of Welsh life be­ing recog­nised for their com­mit­ment to their cause.”

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mu­si­cian and health­care cam­paigner,

Mike Peters has been awarded an MBE for ser­vices to char­ity hav­ing raised thou­sands for can­cer care projects in the UK and abroad and ded­i­cat­ing his life to giv­ing hope for fam­i­lies af­fected by the dis­ease.

Mike, who was born in Prestatyn and grew up in Rhyl, formed rock band The Alarm in 1981 and went on to achieve world­wide suc­cess with the band per­form­ing along­side the likes of U2, Bob Dy­lan, Neil Young and Bruce Spring­steen.

The 59-year-old fa­ther-of-two made a re­cov­ery from lymph can­cer in 1996 only to re­ceive the dev­as­tat­ing news that he was suf­fer­ing from chronic lym­pho­cytic leukaemia in 2005.

He set up a spon­sored walk up Snow­don, called Snow­don Rocks and fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the event, Mike co-founded the Love Hope Strength Foun­da­tions in the US and UK with Texan leukaemia trans­plant sur­vivor, James Chip­pen­dale. In the past decade, the foun­da­tions have col­lec­tively gone on to raise more than £1m for can­cer projects through their in­ter­na­tional trek and events pro­gramme, with over £600,000 be­ing raised by the char­ity in the UK.

Mike also spear­headed the By Your Side can­cer care cam­paign for Awyr Las, the North Wales NHS Char­ity, which raised more than £350,000 for can­cer ser­vices in the re­gion.

Part­ner­ing with the Leukaemia char­ity, DKMS to help launch the Get on the List pro­gramme, Mike has seen over 200,000 peo­ple added to blood stem cell donor registries, which has re­sulted in more than 4,000 po­ten­tially life sav­ing matches be­ing iden­ti­fied.

He said: “MBE must stand for a mul­ti­tude of bril­liant ef­forts, be­cause that’s what lies be­hind ev­ery­thing that I’ve achieved – not my own ef­forts, but other peo­ple’s.

“Love Hope Strength Foun­da­tions...have saved lives and changed lives over the past decade.

“This is thanks to the sup­port of hun­dreds of vol­un­teers, thou­sands of sup­port­ers in­clud­ing our bril­liant Alarm fans and a great many mu­si­cians who have got be­hind the cause. “This MBE re­ally is for them. “I wouldn’t be in this po­si­tion if it wasn’t for my fam­ily and for all they have done to sup­port me over the years, es­pe­cially my wife, Jules.

“Of course I also most cer­tainly wouldn’t be here were it not for the NHS staff who have cared for me through the years.”

Holy­head lifeboat sta­tion vol­un­teer Gra­ham Drinkwa­ter (pic­tured above right) has been hon­oured with an MBE for his ser­vices to the RNLI char­ity.

The 71-year-old, from Holy­head, has spent 55 years vol­un­teer­ing at the sta­tion since 1963.

Gra­ham’s first ever ser­vice call came when he was 19 years old, a res­cue mis­sion to save the Greek cargo ship Naf­si­poros.

Un­be­known to him, this res­cue would go down in his­tory and he was awarded a medal for brav­ery after the heroic res­cue of 19 crew from the freighter in 100mph hur­ri­cane winds and 35 foot waves.

He went on to give many years of un­wa­ver­ing ser­vice to the lifeboat sta­tion. Be­fore chang­ing roles from crew mem­ber to lead­ing the sta­tion’s vol­un­teers as lifeboat op­er­a­tions man­ager, Gra­ham had as­sisted 439 lives at sea dur­ing his time as crew.

Gra­ham said: ‘It is a great hon­our to be awarded an MBE and it is very hum­bling. It is a re­flec­tion on all RNLI vol­un­teers that I have served with over many years and hope­fully many years to come. It is not some­thing that can be done on your own.”

Shaun Stocker from Wrex­ham has been awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for his ser­vices to char­ity.

The 28-year-old (pic­tured right) suf­fered cat­a­strophic wounds while serv­ing in Afghanistan in April 2010 at the age of 19, but he has now es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful prop­erty de­vel­op­ment busi­ness and is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker.

He works with the char­ity, Bri­tish Limb­less Ex-Ser­vice­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion where he talks to sec­ondary school kids.

He works at a wing named in his hon­our for exser­vice­men at Ber­wyn Prison, Wrex­ham.

He has raised over £60,000 for Blind Veter­ans UK (BVU) through his Stock­ers Strides 100km char­ity walk in 2016. He raised £6,000 for BVU by walk­ing up and down Snow­don in 2017. Shaun said: “Hear­ing that I’m to be in the New Years Hon­our’s List for 2019 was an un­be­liev­able sur­prise. “The char­ity work that I’ve been in­volved with over the last eight years has re­ally given me a goal which has helped my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and in­spired me to give some­thing back to the or­gan­i­sa­tions that helped me.” To­mos Hughes (pic­tured left) has been awarded a BEM for vol­un­tary ser­vices to the Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in the Conwy Val­ley. The 43-year-old, from Cer­ri­gy­dru­dion, Conwy, has been in­stru­men­tal in lead­ing the set­ting up, fund­ing and in­stal­la­tion of a num­ber of de­fib­ril­la­tors. He has now in­creased the num­ber of ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors across North Wales to 78, even plac­ing one onto the sum­mit of Snow­don.

To­mos also vol­un­teers his time to train mem­bers of the pub­lic how to use the de­vice and to per­form CPR. He qual­i­fied as a Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­der (CFR) with the Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vices NHS Trust in 1999. Since then, he has at­tended hun­dreds of 999 calls.

To­mos said: “I was com­pletely shocked and over­whelmed when I re­ceived my in­vi­ta­tion New Year’s Hon­ours list. “I would like to thank the com­mu­ni­ties for their sup­port and my fam­ily and friends along with my col­leagues from Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice,” To­mos added.

An­gle­sey-based Joshua Bratch­ley has been awarded an MBE fol­low­ing his role in the dar­ing cave res­cue of 12 boys in Thai­land.

Mr Bratch­ley, 27, a Met Of­fice me­te­o­rol­o­gist based at RAF Val­ley, in An­gle­sey, was one of sev­eral Bri­tish divers recog­nised for their op­er­a­tion to save the boys. Mr Bratch­ley said it was “in­cred­i­ble to be recog­nised in such a way”.

“We’d like to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who helped us in any ca­pac­ity and make it clear that such a res­cue could never work oth­er­wise,” he said.

Au­thor Philip Pull­man has been awarded a knight­hood for ser­vices to lit­er­a­ture.

The best-sell­ing writer, who grew up in Gwynedd, said he was “very sur­prised and hon­oured” to be given the award. The son of an RAF pi­lot, Pull­man moved to Llanbedr, Gwynedd, aged about 10, and stud­ied at Ys­gol Ar­dudwy in Harlech. He has often spo­ken about how grow­ing up in North Wales has helped in­spire his life and work. Queen’s Am­bu­lance Award-win­ning Gill Plem­ing (pic­tured left) joined the for­mer Gwynedd County Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in 1982 and be­came a con­trol man­ager fol­low­ing the merger of county am­bu­lance ser­vices into the North Wales Am­bu­lance Ser­vice. Gill man­aged the clin­i­cal con­tact cen­tre at Llan­fair­fechan and played a lead­ing role in the in­tro­duc­tion of the trust’s new com­put­eraided dis­patch sys­tem in 2017. Gill said: “I feel priv­i­leged, hon­oured and hum­bled to have won this award.”

● Jules and Mike Peters

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