Queen’s Birthday Honours celebrate the High Peak

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Celebrations are taking place after five people made it onto the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their dedication to the area.

Among those being honoured are Peter Farrer, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, with an MBE for his services to mountain rescue in the Peak District, and Barbara Cox BEM for services to Hollinsclough School and the Chernobyl Children’s Project UK.

Birthday honours list, Barbara Cox

Birthday honours list, Barbara Cox

Barbara never thought she would be honoured for her work.

She said: “When the letter came through the door and it said Her Majesty’s Service I thought it was a speeding ticket.

“I have known for about six weeks and it was so difficult not to tell anyone about this.

“I feel rather embarrassed because the work helping the Chernobyl children is not just me, we are a team of volunteers and although it is nice to be recognised I am only as strong as my back up support.”

Following an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 large parts of Belarus were contaminated and the children who live in these areas have to eat food containing radio-nuclides, which is damaging their immune systems.

Barbara has been helping out and hosting children and fundraising for more than two decades and the Chernobyl Children’s Project, based in Glossop, has raised more than £200,000 in that time as well as sending aid to hospitals and orphanages.

She was also headteacher at Hollinsclough School for 26 years and fought off three attempts to close the Carr Lane school.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK and 1,149 people have received an award.

Peter Farrer, 71, has served with Buxton Mountain Rescue Team for more than 42 years and his volunteering has been honoured.

When he received the letter informing him of his award, he said he was taken aback and very proud.

He said: “It was completely out of the blue, my family are delighted.

“The citation reads for Services to Mountain Rescue in the Peak District, which I am truly delighted with.”

Speaking of his service, team member Roger Bennett said: “Mountain rescue is a volunteer emergency service which prides itself on the selfless attitudes displayed by its members.

“Peter is a very fine example of that and he still trains every week.”

Who else has been honoured?

Derbyshire County Council leader Councillor Anne Western has been awarded a CBE for services to local government.

There is an OBE for Dr Carolyn Ann Wilkins, from High Peak, CEO of Oldham Council, for her services to local government and public sector reform.

Stephen Michael Mycio, from Glossop, receives his OBE for voluntary and charitable services to health and wellbeing in Manchester.