Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Year Honours: Elizabeth Foundation couple made MBEs

Shirley and David Metherell
Image caption Shirley and David Metherell said they had a "bit of a cry" when they found out

A husband and wife who founded a charity for deaf children in honour of their daughter have been made MBEs in the New Year Honours list.

David and Shirley Metherell, from Portsmouth, struggled to find support when their own daughter was diagnosed aged 22 months.

They set up the Elizabeth Foundation in her name for others in their situation.

Others honoured in Hampshire, include Portsmouth boxing coach Quinton Shillingford who is made an MBE.

He has helped young people through his community boxing club, the Heart of Portsmouth.

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Shirley and David Metherell, who set up the Elizabeth Foundation in 1981, said they "laughed and had a bit of a cry" when they received notification of their honours.

Shirley, 67, added: "[The foundation] started in our sitting room with four other mums and babies and now we have our own family centre.

"Our main aim is to encourage early detection of deafness, followed by a brilliant early support programme."

Elsewhere across Hampshire, Professor Peter Sonksen, from Upham, is made an OBE for services to anti-doping in sport while Det Ch Insp Linda Dawson is made an MBE for services to Hampshire police and victims of stalking.

Professor Albert Jones, from the Mary Rose Trust, is appointed an MBE for his work in preserving Henry VIII's flagship in Portsmouth.

Among those receiving a British Empire Medal are Muriel Deacon for services to the Portsmouth Pensioners' Association and Phyllis Inglis for services to the community in New Milton.

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