A 22-year-old from Leicestershire says she is ‘gob-smacked’ and ‘over the moon’ to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Amelia Collins-Patel has become a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for voluntary service to children and young people.
Amelia, from Thurnby, has spent the lockdown months helping to make sure people have not felt lonely or anxious by arranging catch-up chats in the community and helping run sessions with an organisation called Project Hope which was set up to help 13 to 25-year-olds struggling during the pandemic.
She told LeicestershireLive: “I just feel over the moon, I’m gob-smacked but obviously so happy.
“I’ve had to keep this a secret from almost everybody – even my sister.
“But I’m looking forward to being able to celebrate. I still have no idea who nominated me but it was such a nice thing to do.”
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Her inclusion in the honours list however comes after years of voluntary and community work which began when she was nine with her forming a club focused on protecting the environment at St Luke’s Primary School in Thurnby
Shen started volunteering at her local church and Girlguiding, and supported young people with vulnerabilities such as mental health issues and special educational needs in her spare time.
For four years, up to 2018, she has served as an Ambassador for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) leading fund-raising drives and raising awareness.
She served on the NSPCC Youth Advisory Board helping trustees and senior NSPCC staff understand the perspectives of children and young people.
Amelia, who has just finished her degree and now lives in Walsall and teaches coding to school pupils, supported the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, which aims to ensure that children and young people can use social media and gaming platforms safely.
Rutland can also count more people in The Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Margaret Simpson, from Oakham, has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to multiple organisations in the community in Rutland during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 74-year-old is the administrator for the EJ Toon Trust, which supports every person over 80 in Oakham, and has reached out to many of them to see what help and support they needed.
She coordinates volunteers to deliver support, whether it be grocery shopping, collecting and delivering prescriptions, personal transport to the Uppingham Surgery or a whole variety of repair and replacement issues and has been a long-serving member of the Rotary Club.
Patricia Ruddle from Langham also has a BEM.
The 68-year-old helped set up the voluntary fund-raising group For Rutland which supports Citizens Advice, raising some £90,000 a year.
The former High Sheriff of Rutland is and has been a long-term supporter trustee at ‘Warning Zone’ and raised money and the profile of the charity over many years. ‘Warning Zone’ warns all ten year olds in both Rutland and Leicestershire about the dangers of modern life and teaches about taking responsibility.
Leicestershire people on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Dr Sanjiv Nichani. Founder and chief executive Officer, Healing Little Hearts. For services to Medicine and charity (Leicester, Leicestershire)
- Professor Michael David Peake. Hon. Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester and Lately Clinical Lead for Early Diagnosis, National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. For services to Medicine (Hereford, Herefordshire)
Janet Claire Thompson. Headteacher, Dorothy Goodman School, Hinckley. For services to Education (Badby, Northamptonshire)
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Amelia Collins-Patel. For voluntary services to Children and Young People in the community during Covid-19. (Thurnby, Leicestershire)
- Ian John Tandy. Managing director, Global Trade & Receivables Finance UK, HSBC UK. For services to the Financial Services sector during Covid-19 (Leicester, Leicestershire)
- Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani. Executive director, Morgan Stanley. For voluntary services to Diversity and Inclusion in Finance (Leicester, Leicestershire)
- Roger Dunton. Member, Harborough District Council. For services to the community in Market Harborough, Leicestershire (Market Harborough, Leicestershire)
- William Baldet. Midlands Co-ordinator, Prevent. For services to the community in Leicestershire (Stapleford, Nottinghamshire)
- Rita Hindocha-Morjaria. Executive Principal and director of Secondary Education, Mead Educational Trust. For services to Education (Leicester, Leicestershire)
- Charles William Smith. For services to Farming and Agriculture (Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire)
- Elizabeth Anne Mills, DL. For services to the community in Rutland (Oakham, Rutland)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
- Kenneth John Barsby. For services to the community in Elmesthorpe, Leicestershire (Elmesthorpe, Leicestershire)
- Patricia Ruddle. For services to the community in Rutland (Oakham, Rutland)
- Margaret Jennifer Simpson. For services to the community in Rutland during Covid-19. (Oakham, Rutland)
- Wayne Saville Tranmer. For services to the community in Castle Donnington, Leicestershire during Covid-19 (Castle Donington, Leicestershire)
Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
- Chief Inspector Manjit Kaur Atwal. Leicestershire Police.
- Colin Stott. Formerly Detective chief Superintendent, Leicestershire Police.