York & North Yorkshire

Malton wildlife rescuer Josephine Jean Thorpe appointed MBE

Josephine Jean Thorpe with a rescued badger
Image caption Mrs Thorpe rescues around 4,000 animals from across Yorkshire every year

A woman who has spent 30 years rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured animals has been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Josephine Jean Thorpe rescues about 4,000 animals a year, on a voluntary basis, from her home in Malton, North Yorkshire.

The 61-year-old works with a number of organisations including the RSPCA, RSPB and Natural England.

Mrs Thorpe said she was "gobsmacked" to be recognised for her work.

"Who would have thought that I could have an MBE?," she said.

"I like doing what I do. I really enjoy the work and I think I am lucky to do it. It is wonderful to get wildlife back in the wild again."

Mrs Thorpe said she hoped the honour would encourage people to respect wildlife particularly rare and protected species.

Others honoured by the Queen in North Yorkshire include the founder of The Pub is the Hub who is appointed OBE.

The organisation, which offers advice and support to licensees and rural pubs, was started by John Longden, from Harrogate, in 2001.

Dr Janet Barnes, chief executive of the York Museums Trust, is appointed CBE for services to museums and the chairman of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Barry Dodd, also becomes a CBE for services to the Yorkshire economy.

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