Queen's Birthday Honour for Gateshead breast screening volunteer

Brenda Gibson Mrs Gibson is receiving the British Empire Medal for services to people affected by breast cancer

A Gateshead woman who has dedicated her life to raising awareness of breast cancer screening is among those on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Brenda Gibson from Blaydon, has spent nearly 50 years working for the Women's Cancer Detection Society charity.

Mrs Gibson is also one of the original staff members who started the Gateshead Breast Screening Programme in 1988.

The 75-year-old is receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to people affected by breast cancer.

Others being recognised with a BEM include Diana Hinns, 50, from Stanley, for services to charity and the community in Durham and Patricia Fisher, 70, from Newcastle, for services to the community in Tyne and Wear.

Among those receiving MBEs are Elsie Harvey, 75, from Cramlington, for services to education and the community in Seghill, Northumberland, and Brain Massey, 69, for services to the community in Hexham.

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