Queen hands out birthday honours to charity volunteers and teachers

Julian Appleyard

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Birthday honours have been handed out by the Queen on her 90th birthday.

Andrew Peddle, a volunteer for the Salvation Army in Wakefield, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for charitable services to homeless people and victims of human trafficking.

Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.

Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.

Mr Peddle, 73, has walked thousands of miles in aid of good causes and in 2012-13 raised more than £100,000 for a Salvation Army-run Anti-Human Trafficking Programme.

The official birthday honours announcement said: “A lifelong supporter of the Salvation Army, he continues to actively volunteer for the urgent, difficult and dangerous work of rescue drivers, on constant standby to transport victims of modern slavery to safety despite the long hours and distances required.

“He is a conscientious and regular collector for their annual appeals, braving all weathers to encourage people to donate to their cause.”

Also awarded the BEM is Raymond Spencer, of Wakefield, for voluntary services to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Kingsland School, and police volunteer Peter Smith for services to community safety in Rothwell.

Kingsland School receives one thousand four hundred pound donation from Oval insurance. Headteacher Nitsa Wainwright, back second right, with Angela Herbert, Ann Phelps and John Hancock, all representing Oval insurance. Kneeling is school governor Ray Spencer, the children are, Antoinette, Connor, Joe, Daisy, Lewis and Sophie.

Kingsland School receives one thousand four hundred pound donation from Oval insurance. Headteacher Nitsa Wainwright, back second right, with Angela Herbert, Ann Phelps and John Hancock, all representing Oval insurance. Kneeling is school governor Ray Spencer, the children are, Antoinette, Connor, Joe, Daisy, Lewis and Sophie.

Teachers were also honoured by the Queen for their work in education.

Julian Appleyard, from Pontefract and former deputy principal at Pontefract NEW College, was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire).

Mr Appleyard is principal at Rochdale Sixth Form College, which has topped the Department for Education’s performance league tables for three years running.

Also honoured with an OBE for her work in education is Pauline Hagen, principal at NEW College.

On the list of MBEs handed out is David Ashton, 74, for more than half a century’s work for the church and his community in Batley.

Since 1964 Mr Ashton, of Mirfield, he has been a member of the Parish Church Council at the Parish of St James Chapelthorpe.

And voluntary work for Wakefield Prison earned Ann Withers, of Pontefract, a place on the honours list. She has been awarded the MBE.