Tyne & Wear

New Year Honours in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

Kate Farnell
Image caption Kate Farnell survived a rare form of cancer

A cancer survivor, education chief and charity worker are among those honoured in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Kate Farnell, of Gateshead, set up the Butterfly Trust in 2003 after surviving rare thyroid cancer.

The 56-year-old becomes a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her "passion and dedication" to cancer research.

Others honours include Claire Emmerson who receives a BEM for helping the disadvantaged and school governor Dr William Dennison who becomes an MBE.

The 72-year-old head chair of governors at Parkview Academy in Chester-le-Street, has been honoured for services to education.

'Outstanding results'

A cabinet spokeswoman said: "Park View has a mixed intake from an area of relative deprivation but results have been very good over the years, in no small part due to Dr Dennison's leadership.

Image caption The Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust supports those suffering from a rare form of the disease

"Pupil behaviour and safety is outstanding."

A knighthood has gone to sculptor Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North.

Patrick Jackson, of Gateshead, receives a British Empire Medal (BEM) for volunteering at St Augustine's Church for the past 20 years.

The 48-year-old helps organise trips to Lourdes in France for disabled people every year.

Jacqueline Axelby, 62, of Ponteland, becomes an MBE for her services to young people with special educational needs.

Community worker Elizabeth Screen of Heaton, Newcastle, receives a BEM for setting up Martha and Mary's Community Cafe, which is funded by donations.