Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield foster caring couple appointed MBEs in recognition of work

MBE medal Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Fourteen people in South Yorkshire have been named in the Honours list

A husband and wife who have fostered more than 80 children over 30 years have been appointed MBEs.

Harry and Christine Burditt, both 71, from Sheffield, are among 14 people in South Yorkshire to be honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Other people recognised include University of Sheffield professor Alan Walker, who was appointed CBE.

The Lord Lieutenant of Sheffield David Moody was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mrs Burditt, who took up fostering while working as an auxiliary nurse in the 1980s, said: "Harry and I are just overwhelmed by it all.

"Why should we [be honoured]? We're only working class. We're only doing a job.

"We've done this for 30 years. I suppose this is a little bonus and shows that people do respect the work we've done."

Other people from South Yorkshire on the Queen's Birthday Honours list include:

  • Pc Amanda Dickens, who became an MBE for services to policing and the community in Rotherham
  • Kathryn Smith, a school volunteer at Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School, in Barnsley, appointed MBE for services to education
  • Michael Firth, a senior advisor at the Education Funding Agency, in Rotherham, who became an OBE for services to education and the Scouts
  • Brian Wood, from Doncaster, who received the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the Air Training Corps