Hospital volunteer who raised millions honoured by Queen

Beryl Dare with Michael Carr
Image caption Beryl Dare was awarded the British Empire Medal for raising almost £3m for her local hospital

A woman who helped raise almost £3m for her local hospital has been honoured by the Queen.

Beryl Dare, 76, of Pensby, Wirral, has volunteered with the League of Friends at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, for 31 years.

She has received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to the community.

Mrs Dare was praised for her "great selflessness and enthusiasm".

The deputy chair of Arrowe Park Hospital League of Friends is the longest serving volunteer at the hospital.

"I just love helping in the shop and seeing the children who are there with their families, and talking to them," she said.

She received notification of the honour in November in a letter hidden among a pile of post asking for donations.

"I tore open the envelope thinking it was another donation letter," she said.

"I was so shocked, but pleased that someone had put me forward."

Services to athletics

Among the equipment bought with the charitable donations are a machine to detect lung cancer, four incubators, birthing equipment and curtains. This year alone, the charity has provided £112,000 of equipment.

The league has about 90 volunteers, many of whom work in its shop within the hospital, with three tills, selling a range of items.

Those appointed OBE in this year's honours include Gareth Williams, principal of West Kirby Residential School in Birkenhead, for services to special needs education.

Michael Dooling, from Prescot, Merseyside, was appointed MBE for services to athletics in Merseyside.

Professor William Lee was also appointed MBE for services to the restoration of Birkenhead Park in Merseyside and Mei Xia Li MBE for services to the Chinese community and community cohesion in Liverpool.

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