Royal gardener recognised in New Year Honours list

A part-time royal gardener and the founder of a cancer charity are among Gloucestershire people recognised in the New Year Honours.

Marion Cox, who works at the Prince of Wales' Highgrove estate, has been awarded the Victorian Medal recognising her service to the royal family.

Christine Mills, the founder of the cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow, has also been appointed MBE in the list.

The charity runs a mobile chemotherapy service in the West of England.

Mrs Mills, from Tetbury in Gloucestershire, set up the charity in 2003 after losing her husband David to cancer.

She decided to set up the mobile unit after having to travel 60 miles to her nearest oncology centre with her husband.

The initial mobile unit cost £150,000 to build.

David Watson, the Gloucestershire-based founder of Heart Research UK, has been made an MBE for services to research and cardiothoracic surgery.

Trevor Hing and Royston Stone were both appointed MBEs for services to the community in Fairford and Kingswood respectively.

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