Guildford RNLI fundraiser Richard Mead honoured by Queen

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Image caption The RNLI said Richard Mead had doubled the Guildford branch's income to £30,000 a year

A volunteer fundraiser for the RNLI who has helped to double the income of his local branch in Surrey has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Richard Mead, 73, from Wonersh near Guildford, who has been a volunteer for 14 years, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

The RNLI said he had led fundraising which increased the Guildford branch's annual income from £15,000 to £30,000.

Mr Mead said he was proud and delighted to be awarded the medal.

"We have an excellent team of people at the Guildford branch who put on events throughout the year to raise money for the RNLI," he said.

"We organise bridge events, a summer lunch and a jazz evening to name few."

'Passionate and powerful'

A BEM has also been awarded to 19-year-old George Fielding, from Dorking.

Mr Fielding, who uses a wheelchair, is chair of the Kidz Board and an ambassador for Whizz-Kidz - a disabled children's charity.

Whizz-Kidz said he was a passionate and powerful advocate for its work.

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Image caption Zandra Rhodes, chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, becomes a Dame

Other Surrey residents named in the Birthday Honours list include head teacher of South Farnham Community Junior School, Andrew Carter, who has been knighted.

Last month he was named as the chairman of a government review of teacher training courses.

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes who is chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, which has campuses in Kent and Surrey, becomes a Dame.

Professional golfer, Laura Davies, who lives in Surrey, also becomes a Dame.

Also honoured by the Queen are Surrey residents Richard Everitt, chief executive of the Port of London Authority, and Colin Matthews., chief executive of Heathrow Airport, who become CBEs.

Among those appointed OBEs are Rosemary French, from Cranleigh, executive director the Gatwick Diamond Initiative for services to women in business.

Barry Hugget, headmaster of More House School in Farnham also becomes an OBE, along with the Rev John Wates from Chipstead, who is a trustee of the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust.

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