Somerset

Weston-super-Mare charity worker is appointed MBE

Roger Nightingale
Image caption Mr Nightingale retired from the family business 15 years ago

A businessman from North Somerset has been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for his charity work.

Roger Nightingale, who founded Weston-super-Mare-based Nightingale Removals and Storage Ltd in 1961, said he "was shocked and honoured" at the news.

The 67-year-old said he felt "undeserving" of the award compared with the hundreds of other charity workers throughout North Somerset.

"I accept this honour on their behalf," he added.

Since retiring from the company in 1995 Mr Nightingale has continued the firm's charity work.

In the run-up to Christmas he personally collected more than 3,000 presents for underprivileged children and said he wanted to exceed that result next year.

Elsewhere in the county Age UK Somerset's chief executive Libby Lisgo has been appointed MBE for services to older people.

Ms Lisgo, who lives in Taunton, said her motivation had always been to try to improve life for those who struggle most.

"I'm delighted and humbled to accept this award as all I've ever tried to do is my job," she said.

"I hope that in some small way I've managed to do that for some older people whose stories and lives and aspirations continue to inspire me.

"In some way, as well, I think awards of this nature reflect the work of many people and Age UK Somerset could not do what it does without the efforts of many other people, staff and volunteers," she added.

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