Cumbrians Dr Theo Weston and Elaine Lomas on New Year Honours list

A doctor who has treated hundreds of road accident victims is among the people named on the New Year Honours list.

Dr Theo Weston, from Penrith, Cumbria, has been appointed MBE for services to victims of trauma.

And Elaine Lomas, also from Penrith, has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to community cohesion.

She has a key role co-ordinating the annual Appleby Horse Fair.

Dr Weston, a married father-of-two, has treated accident victims in the Eden Valley in a voluntary capacity for more than 20 years.

And in 1994 he launched the BEEP Fund (Birbeck Emergency Equipment for Patients).

It has gone on to raise more than £400,000 to buy lifesaving equipment and pay for doctors to attend accidents and provide a level of care above that which can be offered by paramedics.


Dr Weston, a GP at Birbeck Medical Group in Penrith and a member of the Great North Air Ambulance, said there had been a number of occasions when patients "would not have survived" were it not for the treatment provided by BEEP.

Ms Lomas, principal environmental health officer at Eden District Council, has been working with parish councils and landowners for 20 years making improvements to the running of the fair and supervising the clean-up operation.

The week-long event attracts 10,000 gypsies and travellers - with many different traditions and beliefs - as well as 30,000 visitors.

Kirkby Stephen's Sarah Dunning, the chief executive of Tebay Services, was appointed OBE for services to the food, drink and hospitality sectors.

The leader of Eden District Council, Gordon Nicolson, of Penrith, has also become an OBE for services to local government.

And Susan Cashmore, chairwoman of the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, received a BEM for services to the community.

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