Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Peter McQuade made MBE for Paris-Hayling Island bike ride

Peter McQuade Image copyright Peter McQuade
Image caption Peter McQuade has seen his charity bike ride grow in popularity in recent years

A fundraiser who set up a charity bike ride that has raised more than £1.5m over 30 years has been appointed a MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.

Peter McQuade rode solo from Paris to his home in Hayling Island, Hampshire, in 1986 to raise money for a cot death charity after a friend's bereavement.

Now hundreds of people join him each year on the challenge.

Elsewhere in Hampshire, countryside campaigner Christopher Napier, from Petersfield, was appointed an OBE.

Mr McQuade has ridden in every one of his charity rides, which is now a trip to Paris and back.

'Bradley Wiggins'

Money raised has been donated to more than 500 different good causes.

Mr McQuade, who said he was amazed to have been recognised and praised his team of helpers, said: "Nobody did this sort of thing 30 years ago, it was before the modern cycling boom - Bradley Wiggins was five or six when we started.

"But it has grown into what we believe is one of the longest-running cycle rides of this length in the world."

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Image caption Peter McQuade embarked on his first ride from Paris in 1986

Others honoured in Hampshire include rugby volunteer LeRoy Angel, from Basingstoke, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the sport.

The Reverend Canon David Power was also recognised with a BEM after he converted St Cuthbert's Church in Portsmouth into a community building which is used by 2,000 people each week.

Stella Dean, from New Milton, has been made a MBE for voluntary services to the fishing community in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Academics, public servants and charity volunteers from across the county were also among those honoured.

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