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New Year Honours: Cornwall residents honoured

Richard Hall
Image caption Richard Hall says his honour sends an "inspiration message" to people recovering from addiction

A man who founded a charity providing sailing trips for people recovering from addiction has been named in the New Year's Honours list.

Richard Hall, 63, from Cornwall, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his work with the Sailaday charity.

Sylvia Simpson from Penzance in Cornwall was appointed an MBE for services to communities in Newlyn and Penzance.

William Hewitt was appointed an MBE for services to maritime safety.

Mr Hall said he hoped his award would raise awareness of his charity and allow him to continue supporting people recovering from addiction.

He said: "It has a knock on effect for the people I am working with, recovering from abuse and trauma, which is also my life, I was a heroin addict for a number of years.

"It is giving them hope and an incentive that life doesn't have to stay bad. It is inspirational."

Mr Hewitt, who is operations manager at the Rock Lifeboat Station, RNLI, has been an RNLI volunteer for two decades.

Paul Boissier, the RNLI's chief executive, said: "The founding of a lifeboat station at Rock was singlehandedly driven by Mike, whose foresight, powers of persuasion and generosity has saved countless lives since."

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Image caption Roy Pascoe has served as an RNLI volunteer in Cornwall for more than 30 years

Roy Pascoe, RNLI Lifeboat Boathouse Manager at Penlee lifeboat station, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

Mr Pascoe, 73, has been a volunteer with the RNLI in Penlee for the past 34 years.

He is being given the honour for his unwavering commitment to the lifeboat crew and wider community of Newlyn.

Kenneth Richards has given more than 45 years of commitment as a Coastguard Rescue Officer in Cornwall and is being appointed an MBE.

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