New Year Honours 2017: Salford fundraiser Keith Tulsie receives BEM

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Image caption Keith Tulsie has been given a British Empire Medal for his fundraising efforts in Salford and abroad

A man who helped to raise £100,000 for disadvantaged children has said he is "over the moon" at being recognised in the New Year Honours.

Keith Tulsie, a BT manager from Salford, began fundraising after the death of a friend's daughter from a heart condition at the age of 19.

The 52-year-old said he was "humbled" to be given a British Empire Medal.

"Receiving this award means so much to me and everybody involved with Georgia's Children of the World."

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Image caption Georgia' Houses have been set up in Cambodia (above), Romania and Salford

The charity was set up after the death of Georgia Murray in 2010.

Since then, four learning centres have been established to support the education and development of underprivileged children in Cambodia and Romania.

This year, the charity opened its fifth venue - known as a Georgia's House - in Salford.

About 3,500 people also attended the annual G-Fest music festival in Worsley this spring to raise funds.

Mr Tulsie's name was put forward by former colleague Roy Hammond who helped to decorate one of the centres.

He said he nominated him because of "the colossal passion and pride Keith showed for the charity was so obvious that I felt compelled to try and publicly acknowledge his commitment".

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Image caption Jason and Laura Kenny, who have a total of 10 Olympic golds, each added a CBE to their awards haul

Other people from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire in the New Year Honours list include:

  • A knighthood is conferred on Labour MP David Anthony Crausby, who represent Bolton North East
  • Manchester-born hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh is appointed an OBE after leading the GB team to their first Olympic hockey gold medal in Rio 2016
  • Married cycling champions Jason and Laura Kenny, who live near Knutsford, were upgraded to CBEs for services to the sport
  • Bernie Ryan, directorate manager at St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, is also an appointed an OBE

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