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Cornish Heroes Recognised In New Year's Honours

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6:05am 31st December 2014

The man whose dream brought a children's hospice to Cornwall is getting an MBE.

Eddie Farwell was the driving force behind Little Harbour at Porthpean, which listeners to Pirate FM helped raise millions for.

Now he has been recognised in the Queen's new year's honours after seeing three built across the southwest.

During his campaign he lost his wife, son and daughter.

Deputy Chief Executive, Mandy Robbins, said "This is absolutely thrilling news and everyone associated with Children's Hospice South West warmly congratulates Eddie on this justly deserved honour. I have had the good fortune of working closely with Eddie for many years and have witnessed first-hand his dedication and commitment to making a difference to the lives of children with life-limiting conditions and their families. 

"This award pays tribute to the visionary and inspirational leadership that Eddie has provided in founding and steering Children's Hospice South West from small beginnings in North Devon to a region wide children's palliative care organisation providing care from 3 children's hospices."

Also receiving an MBE is the Port Isaac man who helped co-ordinate the rescue operation during the Boscastle disaster.

Ken Richards is credited with making sure nobody died when a wall of water swept through the village back in 2004 by organising eight helicopters to pull people to safety.

The volunteer coastguard also helped restrain a robber who had shot dead a security guard and wounded a woman.

Ken told Pirate FM: "It was certainly a different day at the office, I can say that. I'd heard about the famous envelopes that come through the post. When it arrived it was certainly something that doesn't normally come through the door.

"When it arrived it took a minute to sink in. It's a tremendous honour."

A Mousehole lifeboat volunteer is to receive the British Empire Medal, after spending 34 years working for the RNLI.

73 year old Roy Pascoe helped the community rebuild in the wake of the Penlee lifeboat disaster, when all eight crew were lost during a rescue in ferocious seas.

Paul Boissier, the RNLI's Chief Executive, says: "Roy is always cheerful and has a kind word for every visitor. You'll often find him bringing the crew biscuits and tea after a long night on the water. He never seeks any recognition for his work, instead possessing a quiet unassuming warmth that endears him to all who visit Penlee.

"His sense of continuity, history and perspective has been vital in the lifeboat station's spirit over recent years. I am delighted that he is being recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list."

Cornwall's Chief Fire Officer, Des Tidbury, is given the Queen's Fire Service Medal, drawing plaudits from his team on Twitter.

Stars like James Corden, Esther Rantzen and Joan Collins also get gongs, along with Redruth's Kristin Scott Thomas who is made a dame after appearing in a string of famous movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral.

6:05am 31st December 2014

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