New Year hon­ours for our finest

Stockport Express - - Front Page - EMMA CURRY [email protected]­ @em­malouise­curry

ABLOOD donor and an ad­vo­cate for ten­ants are among four Stock­port peo­ple to be recog­nised in the New Year’s hon­ours list.

Les­ley Walker, who lives on Queens Road in Chea­dle Hulme, has been awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for her vol­un­tary ser­vices to the NHS in do­nat­ing blood and platelets.

Jenny Os­bourne, of Bakewell Road, Hazel Grove, a board mem­ber at Stock­port Homes and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at ten­ant en­gage­ment firm, Tpas, re­ceived an OBE for ser­vices to ten­ant en­gage­ment.

Fel­low Stop­for­dians David McDon­ald Wat­son, ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Chang­ing Lives in Col­lab­o­ra­tion Multi Academy Trust, and Pa­tri­cia Denise Kane, ex­ec­u­tive head­teacher at the Ed­u­ca­tion and Lead­er­ship Trust, have both re­ceived OBEs for ser­vices to ed­u­ca­tion.

Les­ley Walker, a 69-year-old grand­mother-of-two, first be­gan do­nat­ing blood 48 years ago and has been a platelet donor for the past 25 years. She has made more than 1,000 platelet do­na­tions to NHS Blood and Trans­plant (NHSBT).

NHSBT op­er­ates a do­na­tion credit sys­tem whereby each blood do­na­tion equals one credit and platelet do­na­tions get two cred­its. Les­ley, a re­tired IT con­sul­tant who has two sons, has amassed 636 cred­its and 18 whole blood do­na­tions.

Les­ley said: “I’m a big be­liever that if you can donate you should. You never know when you might need it. When I found that my platelet count was so high I couldn’t not donate.

“It’s very, very hum­bling to have re­ceived the hon­our, it was a com­plete sur­prise – an en­ve­lope just dropped through the door. My hus­band and two boys are over the moon.”

Jenny Os­bourne, who lives with hus­band Kent and has two stepchil­dren, Char­lotte, aged 24, and Liam, 22, and a cocker spaniel called Coco, has been CEO at Tpas since 2014 and, be­fore that, mem­ber­ship man­ager since 2002.

She said: “If land­lords and ten­ants are work­ing to­gether in part­ner­ship it means bet­ter ser­vices and great ef­fi­ciency. Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of and need for so­cial hous­ing is so im­por­tant.”

Jenny, 45, has also been a board mem­ber of Stock­port Homes for three years. She added: “It felt re­ally im­por­tant to me to be part of help­ing the main so­cial hous­ing provider in the bor­ough that I was born in, grew up in and now live in too.”

●●BEM: Les­ley Walker

●●OBE: Jenny Os­bourne

●●OBE: David Wat­son

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