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Queen's Birthday Honours: Kettering hospice fundraiser appointed MBE

Diana Patrick
Nurse Diana Patrick, fundraising manager at Cransley Hospice, Kettering, is being honoured for her services to healthcare

A nurse who helped increase the annual amount raised for a Northamptonshire hospice has been appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Diana Patrick, fundraising manager at Cransley Hospice, Kettering, helped raise yearly revenues from £120,000 to £779,000.

The extra money she generated aided an increase in the range of services.

The 56-year-old, from Kettering, was honoured for services to healthcare.

Cransley Hospice, Kettering
Mrs Patrick has helped increase the amount raised per year for services at Cransley Hospice

Mrs Patrick, who still works as a qualified nurse at Kettering Hospital, said that hearing of the MBE was a "massive surprise".

She said the funds had been raised during her 13 years at the hospice through "hard work and a massive team of people behind me".

"I am very much the public face [of the fundraising], supported and sustained by a massive team and my husband John."

Other people honoured in Northamptonshire include:

  • Jenny Hirst, 70, of Northampton, who was appointed an MBE for services to people with diabetes after she founded the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT)) in 1986.
  • Foster carers Ronald and Perdita Sawbridge, 79 and 75, of Aynho, who were made MBEs who for services to children and families.
  • David Williams JP, of East Haddon, appointed MBE for services to the community and charity in Northamptonshire.
  • Volunteer David Blagrove, of Stoke Bruerne, appointed MBE for services to restoration of the UK Waterways.
  • Paul Southworth, of Kislingbury, appointed OBE for services to business arts and the community in Northamptonshire.
  • The county's Lord Lieutenant - Lady Juliet Townsend - is made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

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