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Birkdale school teacher Keith Brook gets an MBE for  his charitable work in Nepal'Pictured  with some of the orphans at the Nepalese Leprosy Colony
Birkdale school teacher Keith Brook gets an MBE for his charitable work in Nepal'Pictured with some of the orphans at the Nepalese Leprosy Colony

A SHEFFIELD teacher who has worked tirelessly to help children in Nepal is one of several local people awarded the MBE.

Keith Brook, head of sixth form at Birkdale School, is a voluntary worker who has taken pupils from Birkdale every year since 2000, raising money for many projects, but especially for the Peace Garden School in Kathmandu.

He said: ‘It is an amazing honour to receive this award but one I really feel I can only accept on behalf of many others. We have been working in Nepal now for 13 years ever since I took a group to teach in some of the poorer schools on the edge of the Kathmandu valley back in 2000.

“Since then I estimate that we have taken nearly 400 students, parents and other adults to Nepal and we have raised a total of £200,000 for the projects we have been involved in over there.”

Former High Storrs headteacher Dr Cheryle Berry has been awarded the MBE for her contribution to education, health and charity.

Head at High Storrs from 1989 to 1998, she said the school had a ‘very dear place’ in her heart.

Cheryle, aged 64, of Clay Cross, is heavily involved with St John Ambulance in Derbyshire, running the London Marathon to raise money.

Tony Favell, chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, and High Peak councillor for Hope Valley, was honoured for political and public service.

The 73-year-old, who has lived in Edale for 43 years, was a senior partner of a Peak District firm of solicitors and MP for Stockport, being John Major’s Parliamentary Private Secretary for four years.

He has also been an Edale parish councillor, president of Hope Show and president of the Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials Association.

Peak Park chief executive Jim Dixon said: “Tony has given selfless service.”

Glyn Rhodes, founder of Sheffield Boxing Centre, received the MBE for services to boxing and young people.

“It is a tremendous honour and legitimises everything I’ve tried to do,” said the Shiregreen-born father-of-three. “It’s not one I think I deserve, but I’m delighted to receive it.”

Glyn, aged 53, opened Sheffield Boxing Centre in 1993, using his own money plus fundraising cash to fit it out in months. Since then he has dedicated his time to keeping it going.

“When I left Firth Park Comp my teacher said my attitude was rubbish and I would be a disaster in later life,” said Glyn. “I was a horrible trouble-causer so I wasn’t surprised - but perhaps he would be surprised at this.”

Retired firefighter Mick Mottram was honoured for services to local government.

The 69-year-old retired from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in June after 50 years, including 32 as a frontline firefighter. He was its longest-serving employee ever.

The father-of-two and grandfather-of-five from Dronfield worked at Division Street, Mansfield Road, Wellington Street and Lowedges stations, ending up as head equipment officer, overseeing introduction of gas-tight chemical protection suits and mask radio communications.

Son Jonathan now works at Mansfield Road.

Breast cancer campaigner Wendy Watson has fought to help others since becoming the first person in the UK to have a preventative double mastectomy.

Wendy, aged 57, received the MBE for services to people with breast cancer or those at risk of developing hereditary breast cancer - including her own daughter, Peak FM presenter Becky Measures - and founding a national 24-hour helpline with volunteers.

Wendy, of Over Haddon, Bakewell, said: “I can’t believe I’ve got an MBE, I am amazed. All I have ever done has been to help others. I don’t need recognition.”