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Brooke Kinsella appointed MBE for anti-knife campaign

Anti-violence campaigner Brooke Kinsella has been appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The 27-year-old actress, whose brother Ben was stabbed to death in 2008 in north London, has been rewarded for her campaign against knife crime.

Other Londoners honoured include Beverley De-Gale who set up the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, and was appointed an OBE.

Patricia Gilman, a lunchtime supervisor for 31 years, is appointed MBE.

Ms Kinsella's 16-year-old brother was stabbed 11 times on a night out in Holloway.

In response, his sister formed the Ben Kinsella Trust.

Local heroes

Last year, the former EastEnders actress was made a government adviser by Prime Minister David Cameron to discover whether projects aimed at tackling youth violence were working.

Ms Gilman, 65, who has worked at the Kenmore Park First School in Harrow, north-west London, was appointed MBE as one of the 965 people honoured across the country as "local heroes".

The school's head teacher Rutinder Mahil-Pooni said: "She's very, very surprised and embarrassed by all this. She's very modest.

Image caption Patricia Gilman has become an MBE

"She does this because of her commitment to the children - she loves the children.

"She could have retired. But she says, 'as long as you want me, I'll stay'.

"We definitely want her to stay."

Beverley De-Gale, 51, who set up the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust with her partner, Orin Lewis, to raise awareness of the huge shortage of black bone marrow donors, has been appointed an OBE.

'Absolutely blessed'

The mother from Croydon, south London, founded the charity in 1996, after their son Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Ms De-Gale said: "I feel absolutely blessed to receive this award.

Other Londoners honoured include councillor Edward Lister, leader of Wandsworth Council. He was conferred a knighthood (Knights Bachelor) for services to local government.

This week, London Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone was severely criticised for calling Sir Edward the "Ratko Mladic of local government".

Media lawyer Mark Stephens, 54, from Wanstead, whose clients include Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He is appointed a CBE.

And Ruth Carnall, chief executive of the London Strategic Health Authority, is appointed a CBE for services to the NHS.

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