New Years Honours

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MS patients in the Borders are celebrating one of their champions being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Anne Elizabeth Campbell has been awarded the BEM for her services to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Borders.

The 74-year-old, originally from Northern Ireland, has worked industriously for the society for more than 60 years.

She is currently in Northern Ireland visiting a family member, but Anne’s son Richard told us: “She is a bit embarrassed about it all.

“She says that there are many people who do more.”

But Anne Weston, the chair of the MS Borders branch, of which Mrs Campbell is president, begs to differ.

She said: “Since Anne arrived in the Borders in 1987 she has been involved with the MS Borders Branch.

“This is a long-overdue acknowledgement of her valued service and of her hard work. She has been our leading fundraiser, she visits members of the branch on a regular basis and she is much loved.

“This award will be a real boost to people with MS in the Borders.”

Since moving to the Borders, where she worked as chief occupational therapist at the BGH until her retiral, she has been a committee member, and then an outstanding chair with great drive and determination to provide better facilities and care for those with MS and their carers.

She is now a very much hands-on president of the branch, whose inspirational leadership brings together disabled and able-bodied individuals in fundraising events and social gatherings.

Her total commitment to improving the lives of those suffering from MS can be seen in everything she does; being available all times of the day or night to give practical help to the sufferers and their carers.

She has continued to be the leading branch fundraiser, working ceaselessly to raise thousands of pounds every year to ensure that the branch can continue to provide physiotherapy, reflexology, Pilates, yoga and other therapies which enhance the lives and wellbeing of those with MS.

Selkirk GP Dr John Calum Macdonald Gillies, formerly chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to General Practice. (Selkirk, Scottish Borders)

East Lothian was well represented in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Diane Watt, chair of the area support team for Mid and East Lothian and the Scottish Borders for services to children’s hearings system was awarded an MBE. Mrs Watt lives in Dunbar.

There were British Empire Medals for Richard Hadden, for his community work in East Lothian, specifically at St Michael’s Church, Inveresk and Christian Evelyn Lindsay for services to the East Linton community.

East Lothian resident Laura Naomi Young, co-founder of The Teapot Trust, was awarded an MBE for services to chronically ill children in Scotland.

Northumberland’s Lady Rose Crossman, president of Berwick RNLI Fundraising Guild receives an MBE for her voluntary service to maritime safety.

For 41 years, Lady Rose Crossman has been fundraising for the local RNLI lifeboat station; everything from abseiling down the walls of Bamburgh Castle to serving refreshments at fundraising events.

Paul Boissier, RNLI chief executive, said: “Our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and flood rescue teams couldn’t do their lifesaving work without the support of people like Lady Rose. Her unwavering commitment to fundraising means our volunteers have the skills and equipment needed to save lives at sea. She has been an inspiration to others and I am delighted that she has been recognised with an honour.”

Former Northumberland National Park chairman Councillor John Robert Riddle, who stepped down from the role in July 2015 after 14 years, receives an OBE for services to the community, environment, and business in Northumberland, and Wooler councillor Tony Murray was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Wooler and Northumberland.