North Ferriby Kung Fu instructor awarded British Empire Medal

Odette Mitchell Odette Mitchell set up Hull Kung Fu in 2002 with her husband Mike

A woman who uses kung fu to help young people overcome drug addiction and other problems has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Odette Mitchell, 41, from North Ferriby in East Yorkshire, founded Hull Kung Fu with her husband Mike in 2002 and teaches more than 140 people a year.

Mrs Mitchell said it was set up as a training school, but they soon realised they could "help with other problems".

The 41-year-old said it was a "nice shock" to be recognised for her work.

"We get a lot of young people who have used drugs or who are using drugs, and we try to help them have something to focus on," Mrs Mitchell said.

Others recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list include PC Sharon Houfe from Humberside Police, appointed MBE for services to policing.

Miss Houfe, 41, was nominated for her work developing relationships with Hull's Muslim community and for tackling racial bullying in the city's schools.

Lesley Wilkinson from Hull is appointed MBE for services to children and families, and Brian Marsh from Cleethorpes receives a BEM for charitable services to education therapy for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites



16 °C 11 °C


  • Baby being handed overFraught world

    The legal confusion over UK surrogate births

  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade

  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?

  • Child injured by what activists say were two air strikes in the north-eastern Damascus suburb of Douma (3 August 2014)'No-one cares'

    Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

  • Lady AlbaGoing Gaga Watch

    Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.