York & North Yorkshire

Woman's joy at MBE for community work in Appleton Roebuck

Janet Flint
Image caption Janet Flint has been doing community work for more than 30 years

A North Yorkshire woman appointed MBE for her community work has said she is "totally overwhelmed" by the accolade.

Janet Flint, 62, has been recognised for her services in her village of Appleton Roebuck.

Mrs Flint serves on the parish council and also volunteers as a first responder for the ambulance service.

Elsewhere across the county, Christopher Anderson, deputy chief fire officer for North Yorkshire, receives the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Mrs Flint, who works part time at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been involved in community work since moving to Appleton Roebuck in 1973.

'Over the moon'

Part of that is volunteering as a first responder which involves attending to medical emergencies while patients wait for an ambulance to arrive.

She said: "I don't think about what I'm doing, to me it's just part of my normal day-to-day life.

"I was over the moon when I found out about the MBE, totally overwhelmed.

"I don't see what I do as being very special, but obviously somebody else does and that's a wonderful feeling."

Mr Anderson, who has been in the fire service for 29 years, said he was pleased to be nominated for his work in reducing fatalities on the county's roads.

He said: "It reflects well not only on myself, but on the work of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in reducing road deaths through the 95 Alive partnership."

Other people to be recognised in the New Year Honours include Stephen Hatcher, deputy head at St Aidan's High School in Harrogate, who has been appointed MBE for his services to education.

Valerie Nixon, from Harrogate, also becomes an MBE for services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, professor of electronics at University of York, has been appointed CBE for services to science.