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Cornish volunteers on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Cornish volunteers on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:32am 9th June 2018. (Updated at 8:34am 9th June 2018)

More than 1,300 people across the UK given Queen's Birthday Honours, including the great and good of Cornwall.

This is the second honours list of the year, after the New Years Honours were released in January.

Love Actually and Harry Potter actress, Emma Thompson, has been made a Dame.

Among the Cornish being honoued, a former police offficer from Bodmin given an MBE for his work with young people.

52-year-old David Thompson, who has been doing youth work for most of his adult life, says he was 'absolutely stunned'.

He is said to have inspired hundreds of young people through the Scouts, as well as volunteering with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

david thompson mbe

David also created Community Police Cadet Units in the locality and within three years each of these units are 30 strong, producing outstanding cadets, as well as helped to establish the Street Safe project which has helped more than 1,250 people.

He told Pirate FM: "I was absolutely stunned because I think the majority of people who volunteer do it purely because they feel they are making a difference.

"They don't do it for the benefit of getting anything for themselves, they do it for the young people or community project they are working for.

"There are so many people that give so much, and I think everybody, including me, do it purely because they think it is the right thing to do rather than any personal reward".

David also devotes his time to being a volunteer Guard at the Bodmin and Wenford Heritage Railway, helping the trains run and assisting the railway in its aim running a living museum to keep the railway history of Cornwall alive.

Ann Elizabeth Boorman from Truro has also been celebrated for her work with the homeless.

The 74-year-old is a founding member of the Truro Homeless Action Group and has been handed an BEM for her services to those on the streets of the city.

She is described as a 'driving force' in managing homelessness and making a difference to people's lives.

Since 1998, she has led a team to provide daily nourishing breakfasts for homeless rough sleepers in Truro and is 'totally dedicated to those less fortunate than herself'.

Having recently stepped down, Ann is said to maintain a discreet, 'watchful eye', her experience a port of call for many.

Others include Captain Andrew John Brigden, maritime manager for Cornwall Council, who has been awarded an OBE for services to the UK Ports and Maritime Industry.

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