Jersey

Jersey islanders recognised in Birthday Honours list

  • 15 June 2013
  • From the section Jersey
David Kirch
David Kirch is being made a knight for his philanthropy to senior citizens in Jersey

A businessman who is leaving his entire £100m fortune to older people in Jersey has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

David Kirch, a property developer, was honoured for his philanthropy.

He has gifted £100 shopping vouchers to older people every Christmas for eight years and topped this year's Sunday Times Giving List.

Mr Kirch announced he was leaving his fortune to elderly islanders after he was diagnosed with cancer.

He said: "I must be the luckiest person in Jersey, I have been awarded this great honour for doing what I love doing.

"I mean I haven't climbed Everest or swam the Channel or anything like that, all I have done is make money and I've given it away to the old people of Jersey."

Meanwhile another philanthropist, Phyllis Somers, the widow of the former Southampton Airport owner Nat Somers, was made a dame.

Jersey historian Bob Le Sueur who lived through the Nazi occupation of the island has been appointed an MBE.

Andrew Le Seelleur is to become an MBE for his services to the community. He founded the sports fundraising charity Le Tournoi.

Gordon Wright will receive the British Empire Medal for his services to cycling.

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