Volunteers and tireless community workers from Ilkeston and the surrounding areas will be given the ultimate reward for their efforts after being named on the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.
Gill Riley a volunteer with Ilkeston’s neighbourhood watch has been nominated to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community.
Dorothy Allsop, from Smalley, is also to be honoured with an BEM for services to the community and to charity.
Councillor Lydia Ball, from Awsworth, will also receive the BEM for services to the community in Broxtowe and notably for her long standing service to the people of Awsworth.
Treetops Hospice shop volunteer Brenda Wilson from Draycott will also be presented with the BEM after 30 years of voluntary work for the Risley-based charity.
For the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, there are more women on the list than men with 51 per cent making up those listed to receive awards.
The re-introduction of the British Empire Medal has also provided greater opportunity to recognise more people for playing their part in local communities.
For more about all of our local winners see next week’s paper in shops on January 9.