Berkshire

Berkshire quadruple amputee Ray Edwards appointed MBE

Ray Edwards
Image caption Mr Edwards said he has raised about £35,000 during numerous charity events

A quadruple amputee from Berkshire said he was "very proud" after being appointed MBE in the New Year Honours.

Ray Edwards lost his legs and arms in 1987 due to blood poisoning after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He battled to come to terms with his situation and has gone on to raise about £35,000 for charities.

Others recognised in Berkshire include Michael Fulford, professor of archaeology at the University of Reading, who is made CBE.

He has been recognised for his services to scholarship.

Mr Edwards, from Sandhurst, founded Limbcare - a charity which offers help and support to those who have lost limbs as well as their families and partners.

'Normal bloke'

Speaking about his honour, Mr Edwards added: "I am very, very proud.

"A lot of people said with what I do with helping others it would be quite nice to have an honour, but for me personally it's mind-blowing.

"I am just a normal bloke and decided to help.

"As the years go on you cope with it but you have to live for today."

Others recognised in Berkshire include William Cathcart, superintendent of the Crown Estate parks in Windsor, who is made a Member of the Victorian Order.

Horticulturist David Hutchins, from the Crown Estate, receives the Royal Victorian Medal.

The honours recognise services to the royal family.

Elsewhere, Geraldine Lejeune, director of Berkshire East and South Buckinghamshire Women's Aid, is made OBE for services to vulnerable families.

Eleanor Cryer, from Slough, is appointed MBE for services to people with learning disabilities.

Julie Noakes and Rosemary Tocock are both appointed MBE for services to the community in Berkshire.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, of Thames Valley Police, becomes a CBE.

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