Queen's Birthday Honours list for Derbyshire

MBE medal. Pic: PA Image copyright PA
Image caption Eight people in Derbyshire are appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE)

An 80-year-old woman who has helped raise more than £1m for charity receives a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Kaylet Smedley, chair of the Derbyshire branch of the Leukaemia Research Fund, joined the charity after her son died from cancer 47 years ago.

She receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to leukaemia and lymphoma research.

Mrs Smedley said it was "such an honour" to be recognised.

"It's an accolade to everybody who has helped raise money for the cause and not just me," she said.

"When my eight-year-old son Andrew died there was no or very little hope but now people, many children, can be cured.

"The money has provided vital funds to commit to research and treatment for those with blood cancer and has given them hope and life."

She will be celebrating her diamond wedding anniversary in December and is also taking part in the London 2012 Olympic torch relay for the county on 29 June.

'Very humbled'

Two people in Derbyshire are appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE), eight appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) and five receive the BEM.

PC Eileen Banton, 52, based in Swadlincote for Derbyshire Police, who is appointed MBE for services to the community, works with older and vulnerable people.

"I was in disbelief followed quickly by being lost for words, a first for me, then very humbled," she said. "I will have this time in my memory forever."

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Steven Cotterill, of Derbyshire Police, who has worked for the force for 29 years, receives the Queen's Police Medal (QPM).

"I feel very fortunate and proud to have been honoured in this way," he said.

CBE recipients:

  • Adrian Kevin Curley, formerly chief executive at National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, for services to the voluntary and community sector.
  • Colin Smith, director for engineering and technology at Rolls-Royce plc, for services to UK engineering.

MBE recipients:

  • Glenn William Harris, formerly deputy chief executive at East Midlands Development Agency, for services to business in the East Midlands.
  • Barbara Anne Marshall, for services to the community in Chesterfield.
  • Diana Monier-Williams, for charitable services in Ashbourne.
  • Bernard Wilson Page, for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion in Derbyshire.
  • Neil Roden, area manager for local compliance, individual and public bodies, national minimum wage, Sheffield at HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Fiona Clare Belinda Turner, chief executive officer at Stubbing Court Training, for services to training in the equine industry.

BEM recipients:

  • Joyce Ashley, for services to the community in Glossop.
  • Barry Elmore, for services to school sport in Derbyshire.
  • John Sampson Morton, for services to the community in Grindleford.
  • Frances O'Dwyer, formerly support worker for Bolsover Community Mental Health Team in Derbyshire, for services to mental health.
  • Raymond Oxley, for services to the community in Derby.

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