York & North Yorkshire

Hate crime campaigner, Di Lofthouse, awarded MBE

Di Lofthouse
Image caption Di Lofthouse became a campaigner for people with disabilities

A disabled sportswoman from North Yorkshire who was almost driven to suicide after becoming the target of hate crime has been appointed an MBE.

Di Lofthouse, of Harrogate was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to the prevention of disability hate crime.

Miss Lofthouse won gold in table tennis at the 1989 Special Olympics.

Elsewhere, chief guide of Girlguiding UK, Liz Burnley, from Selby, becomes a CBE for services to young people.

Mrs Burnley said: "Receiving this honour is a privilege which compares only with that of leading Girlguiding UK's 80,000 fantastic adult volunteers who encourage half a million girls and young women to challenge themselves, develop their self-confidence and learn skills for success in modern life.

"The combined value of their work is genuinely priceless."

Also in North Yorkshire, Ann Green, from York, who is the chair of the board of trustees and the Royal Armouries, has become a CBE for services to museums.

Sally Bell, of Tadcaster, has been appointed MBE for services to nursing. She is the associate director of emergency preparedness for NHS Yorkshire and Humber.

Another worker in the healthcare sector to become an MBE is James Witham, a hospital porter and driver from Harrogate. He has been given the honour for his services to the NHS.

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