Guernsey charity pair named in New Year Honours list

Two Guernsey women have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list for their charity work.

Sarah Griffith has been appointed an MBE for her work in countries affected by natural disasters.

Jane Le Conte, senior co-ordinator of Home-Start Guernsey, has received the British Empire Medal.

The Honours list recognises people of outstanding merit and those who have committed themselves to the service of the nation.

Image caption Sarah Griffith has recently focused on helping typhoon victims in the Philippines

Ms Griffith started Bridge 2 Sri Lanka in 2005, following the Boxing Day tsunami and founded Bridge 2 Haiti in 2010 after the country was hit by an earthquake.

She continues to raise funds for people who are in need, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, where she has sent more than 150 shelter boxes.

Ms Le Conte will receive her medal at a ceremony held at government house in the new year.

Home-Start Guernsey began in 2008, recruiting volunteers to help families with young children.

The volunteers support parents in an array of situations from bereavement and illness to dealing with disability and multiple births.

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