Ebene News – GB – Extraordinary public service at the center of the 2021 New Year’s honors list

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The New Year’s Honors List recognizes the accomplishments of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK

The 2021 New Year’s Honors List, released on Thursday, December 31, demonstrates the incredible efforts of hundreds of public and community sector workers throughout 2020 and beyond

The New Year’s Honors List is the most ethnically diverse list of honors to date, with 142% of recipients of Black, Asian or Minority descent

In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of those on the front lines, the list of New Year’s honors includes 1,239 recipients, recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the four UK country

Public sector workers make up 148% of the list and include firefighters, medical professionals, teachers, police and local officials – all of whom are known to have had a huge individual impact, and in particular in the response to COVID-19

MBE awarded to Special Chief Mark Owen, who has returned from retirement to lead the Special Gendarmerie response in North Wales

MBE goes to Karen McDowell for her service to LGBTQ community and firefighters in Northern Ireland

Shelter charity helpline housing adviser Nadeem Khan receives BEM – unable to return to UK due to Covid-19 pandemic, worked from his personal laptop on a roof in Lahore, Pakistan, providing housing advice to over 500 people three months ago via live chat with people over 5,000 miles in the UK

The list includes 123 (10%) health and social service workers – from the British Red Cross ambulance team to nursing home managers – all played a role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

A BEM goes to Cath Fitzsimmons of Greater Manchester, a former palliative care nurse who came out of retirement for COVID-19

Dr Azeem Alam, 28 from Harpenden, Herts receives BEM for founding BiteMedicine, which provides free medical education for medical students, associate physicians and aspiring physicians during COVID-19, teaching over 10,000 students around the world via live online webinars

Deputy Director of Nursing Jacky Copping, 55 from Beccles, Suffolk, receives MBE for initiating facial fit tests at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ensuring frontline workers were properly protected against Covid-19

This list of accolades highlights how the UK business sector has stepped up efforts to deliver the country during COVID-19 Whether small business owners divert their resources or change their business models to support the response effort, supermarket employees ensure all their vulnerable customers are supplied with essential items – this honor list features 111 beneficiaries (9%) recognized for their services to businesses and the economy

Public Caroline Halfhide, 51 from Ash in Somerset, receives MBE for turning her pub into a village store for residents to dramatically minimize the need to travel to nearby towns for food and essentials

Founder and CEO of Pembrokeshire Frame, Jennifer Sims, 76, receives BEM for launch of #Bagsofcare Community Fridge Free Bags Scheme, providing hot meals and free bags of food to vulnerable people, the elderly and to people in difficulty due to the pandemic

The majority of the awards are for the contributions people have made to their communities Of those who receive an award, 65% are recognized for their community work

Captain Emma Henderson, living in Moray, Scotland, receives MBE for founding Project Wingman, creating a first-class lounge experience in UK hospitals for NHS workers

The oldest person on the list is Anne Baker from Salisbury, Wiltshire, who at 106 receives an MBE for fundraising for the NSPCC

She is closely followed by Ruth Saunders, 104, who receives an MBE for walking a marathon to raise funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Youngest recipient is Samah Khalil, 20, young mayor of Oldham She receives a BEM for her youth empowerment work

Actor Sheila Hancock receives accolades for her services to theater and charity, as does conductor and musicologist Professor Jane Glover for her services to music and makeup artist Patricia McGrath for her services to fashion, beauty industry and diversity

A lady is also awarded to Angela Eagle MP for parliamentary and political services The Right Honorable Geoffrey Cox QC MP and Thomas Clarke MP receive knighthood respectively for parliamentary and political service, and public and political service

In sport, rugby director at Exeter Chiefs Robert Baxter receives an OBE and captain Joe Simmonds receives an MBE, both for services at Rugby Union Football Former professional rugby player Rob Burrow receives an MBE for the awareness he raised about motor neuron disease especially during the pandemic MBEs are also awarded to former England footballers Jimmy Greaves and Ron Flowers for their services to football

In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the exceptional efforts of those receiving the honors today are a welcome reminder of the strength of the human spirit and of what can be accomplished with courage and compassion

The 2021 New Year honors give us the opportunity to salute their dedication and recognize those who have gone beyond their contribution to our country

As we start a new year and continue to come together to fight this virus, may their service and stories be an inspiration to all of us

The Honors System continues to champion diversity at all levels and celebrates the breadth of service rendered by people from all walks of life across the UK Of the 1,239 people who receive an award:

Read the full list of New Year’s honors and find out how to nominate for an award

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