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A PSYCHIATRIC nurse will have to schedule in a Royal appointment after finding out he has been awarded an MBE.

Dave Nunn, who has worked in Ilkeston for 15 years told the Advertiser he still couldn’t believe he will be given the honour.

“I found out about a month ago but it’s had to be top secret until this weekend when the names were officially released to the public.

“Since I got the first letter there’d been a nagging doubt that someone was winding me up and I still can’t believe it now. I’m so, so proud.”

Dave, 44, has been awarded the MBE for services to health care and was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

He is currently working from Brooklands on Park Avenue with mental health patients who have attempted or considered suicide.

With colleagues he has set up programmes to take up sport as a way to improve mental health and has started up football teams and other clubs to get people active.

Next on the cards is a cricket team.

Previously Dave worked from Ilkeston Community Hospital and he has been working with patients in the Erewash area for 15 years and has been a nurse for 25 years.

“It is a difficult job but it’s a rewarding job at the same time and one I love doing,” he added.

“It could be any one of my colleagues getting this honour because they are all dedicated to a very important job and they all do it brilliantly.

“I still can’t believe I was nominated and then chosen to receive the MBE.

“It’s not sinking in at all, even when I saw the official lists.

“I’ll be receiving it on behalf of everyone who does the job I do.”

Dave and his wife Alison will be invited to St James’ Palace to accept his award from HRH Queen Elizabeth II some time in the next six months.

The dad of three said: “My wife’s over the moon and the kids are as well. They’re all really proud.

“Alison’s excited about going to London and getting an expensive new outfit for the day. We can’t wait.

“I can’t believe I’ll be meeting the Queen.

“It will be a very proud moment and so exciting.”