New Years Honours 2013

Now that Labour have been out of office for three years, this year’s New Year’s honours list is actually made up of people who deserve to be honoured. There’s absolutely no mention of idiots like Russel Brand and Owen Jones anywhere. I hear David Beckham is disapointed.

Ruth Dearnley CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK has today been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s 2014 Honours list for services in “Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking.”

Ruth has led STOP THE TRAFFIK brilliantly for the last six years and this award reflects the tenacity, skill and boundless energy she has invested over that time.

Steve Chalke, UN.GIFT Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking and Founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK says, “

In the history of STOP THE TRAFFIK no one has shown more grit, tenacity and graft in raising awareness of this growing global crime and flying the flag to bring communities, government and society together to prevent it. We’re all incredibly proud of what Ruth and the team have been able to achieve so far and congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.

Ruth’s recognition by the Queen gives us a moment to stop and pause; to reflect on what has been achieved so far and to acknowledge how much more needs to be done. ‘STOP’ isn’t about just tackling individual perpetrators – it’s about standing together against this systemic crime at every level, protecting the futures of men,
women, children and families across the globe.”

Read more about the award on the STOP THE TRAFFIK blog;

Locally, Neil Boast (instigator of Town Pastors) is awarded the MBE in New Years Honours List for ‘services to Policing’ Congratulations Neil.

Neil Boast with Town Pastor Liz Beaton

Other Suffolk residents in the New Years Honours list are

Mrs Susan Joan Lloyd. Synthetic Phonics Advocate. For services to Education. (Haverhill)

Dr Peter Clive Crawford Pitt, TD. Medical Escort. For voluntary service to the Royal British Legion and Heroes Return. (Lavenham)

Kevin Brendan Shakeshaft. Higher Officer, Criminal Investigation Directorate, HMRC. For services to Criminal Investigation, Officer Safety Training, and voluntary service to the community in Suffolk. (Peasenhall)

Michael Richard Clarke. For services to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. (Bury St. Edmunds)

Ms Beverly Hurley. Chief executive, YTKO. For services to Enterprise. (Newmarket)

Mrs Susan Joan Lloyd. Synthetic Phonics Advocate. For services to Education. (Suffolk)

Colin Brian Edgar. Musical director, Suffolk Constabulary Male Choir. For services to Policing and the community. (Stowmarket)

Mrs Nellie Ann Garrod. Caseworker, Suffolk Branch, SSAFA. For voluntary service to SSAFA. (Aldeburgh)

Mrs Sally Margaret Melanie Mann. For services to the community in Stetchworth, Suffolk. (Newmarket)

Mrs Alison Mary Russell. For services to the community in Chesworth, Ipswich. (Chelsworth)

Leonard Edward Tuckwell. Farmer. For services to Agriculture, Economy and the community in Suffolk. (Eye)

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