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Number of North-east community heroes recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Friday June 7th 2019 at 10:31 PM

A pair of theatre group directors, a Scottish hockey pioneer and the founder of a charity which gives teddy bears to sick children are just some of those from the North-east recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

They’re joined by a host of celebrities including Scottish women’s manager Shelley Kerr, Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman and musician Feargal Sharkey who have all been given awards.

Our reporter Holly Strachan caught up with some of those honoured, which you can listen to below:

Jenny Gow, MBE

Jenny Gow founded A Bear Named Buttony to help raise awareness of bowel and bladder conditions, and gives a teddy bear to every child in the country who needs to undergo surgery for those issues; so far, more than 1,700 have been donated.

She has raised funds for charities across the region for nearly 20 years – and efforts include running eight separate Ballater Balls, running the New York Marathon, and helping the ARCHIE Foundation in its early years.


Helena Anderson-Wright, BEM:

As Convener of the Robert Burns World Federations Schools Festival (North East Section), Helena has helped preserve and develop Scottish poetry in schools for nearly 20 years.

She has also raised more than £500,000 for a variety of charities, and organises a yearly competition for young people to win major awards in poetry, performance and song.

Lorna Clyne, BEM

Scottish hockey pioneer Lorna Clyne has been involved in the sport at club, district and national level for nearly 50 years.

She won 29 trophies with her clubs Aberdeen Wanderers Ladies Hockey Cub (AW) and Granite City Wanderers Hockey Club.

Clare Haggart, BEM

Co-founder and co-director of the Phoenix Theatre in Aberdeen, Clare Haggart has helped more than 2,000 children and young people develop their confidence, teamwork and discipline through working in the theatre.

She and business partner Liz Milne also work with a variety of charities, including the Aberdeen University Student Show and Global Rock Challenge.

Hazel McAllan, BEM

Hazel has been the Chair of the Balnagask Community Centre for more than 30 years and, in that time, has helped thousands of people feel part of the community.

When Eastern Europeans first began to move to Torry, she organised Scottish/ Polish social nights to help welcome them into the community; she planned meetings every Friday morning for elderly people to socialise; and arranged for schoolchildren to be taken on trips their families couldn’t afford during the school holidays.


Liz Milne, BEM

One of the driving forces behind the Phoenix Theatre in Aberdeen, Liz Milne spent years teaching young people how to be more confident both on and off the stage and how to work in groups.

With business partner Clare Haggart, she has given hundreds of thousands of hours to helping young people across the North-east, and works with a number of charities.

Also recognised from the North-east were:

David Hutchinson, OBE – An inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, honoured for his services to offshore diving safety.

Joseph Mackie, OBE – Chairman of the Archie foundation. He’s recognised for services to the community in Scotland.

Angus Maitland Pelham Burn, MBE – Awarded for services to the community in Aberdeenshire.

Charles Bain, BEM – A fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research. Recognised for services to charity in Aberdeen.

Eileen Lindsay, BEM – Teaches dance at the Lindsay School of Dance. Honoured for services to dance and the community of the North-east of Scotland.

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