Derby Telegraph

Col­leagues full of praise for for­mer mid­wife Anne on her Queen’s hon­our

- By JENNY MOODY jen­nifer.moody@reach­plc.com

DER­BYSHIRE char­ity work­ers have con­grat­u­lated their col­league after she was hon­oured in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours list.

Anne Ward, who was a mid­wife for 36 years, has spent more than three decades vol­un­teer­ing for the pro-life or­gan­i­sa­tion Life and re­ceived a flo­ral gift from col­leagues at its shop in Derby, where she vol­un­teers along with hus­band John.

Mrs Ward, who has worked at the Derby char­ity shop since she re­tired five years ago, said: “What­ever I have done, either dur­ing my work­ing life or as vol­un­tary work, I have al­ways been grate­ful for the peo­ple around me. We are a team try­ing to work to­gether.

“My great­est sup­port has been from my hus­band John and son and daugh­ter, I thank them so much. I would en­cour­age any­one to get in­volved in some way with vol­un­tary work and to show com­mit­ment to a cause you be­lieve in be­cause ev­ery day vol­un­teers do make a dif­fer­ence.”

Life’s di­rec­tor of ad­vo­cacy, Liz Par­sons said: “For five decades, vol­un­teers like Anne and John Ward have en­abled our char­ity to pro­vide much-needed sup­port to preg­nant women and their un­born ba­bies.

“Their love and re­spect for hu­man life, and their de­sire to help make the lives of other peo­ple bet­ter, gives this char­ity its car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate ethos.

“Vol­un­teers like Anne and John are the heart and soul of this char­ity and we can­not be­gin to thank them for their ser­vice. We are de­lighted that Anne Ward has been recog­nised at the high­est level for her self­less com­mu­nity work. We en­cour­age oth­ers to fol­low her ex­am­ple and join Life and other or­gan­i­sa­tions which are work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety.”

Mrs Ward was named a medal­list of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (BEM) for her ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in Bur­ton. The 65-year-old spent 36 years de­liv­er­ing ba­bies at Bur­ton’s Queen’s Hos­pi­tal while also jug­gling sev­eral vol­un­tary jobs, both in the char­i­ta­ble sec­tor and at a lo­cal school.

More re­cently she has vol­un­teered at Bur­ton’s YMCA’s win­ter night shel­ter. Mrs Ward ad­mit­ted she did not be­lieve it when she was told she had been awarded the BEM and it re­quired a phone call with the Cab­i­net Of­fice to con­vince her.

She said: “I had an email and I thought it was a wind-up, a scam, so I ig­nored it and then I had an­other email so I rang the Cab­i­net Of­fice and they said this is ab­so­lutely true and con­grat­u­la­tions.

“I was ab­so­lutely shocked. I was so hum­bled.”

The grand­mother is also a reg­u­lar blood donor and still vol­un­teers at her lo­cal church, St Mary and St Mod­wen’s, in Bur­ton.

The Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List 2020 saw 1,495 hon­ours awarded to peo­ple across the UK.

 ??  ?? Left, John and Anne Ward, shop man­ager Lor­raine War­ren, vol­un­teer Lynn Wilkin­son and as­sis­tant shop man­ager Barbara Gadsby at the Derby Life shop
Anne has paid trib­ute to her hus­band and her chil­dren
Left, John and Anne Ward, shop man­ager Lor­raine War­ren, vol­un­teer Lynn Wilkin­son and as­sis­tant shop man­ager Barbara Gadsby at the Derby Life shop Anne has paid trib­ute to her hus­band and her chil­dren

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