The Queen has eight people from Hull and East Yorkshire on her Birthday's Honors List.

The annual birthday honors have been published for 2019 and a number of local heroes from the region have been included.

This year, the Queen has honored local residents for their sexual abuse, foster care, charity, the environment and much more.

Five people will be awarded MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), and two women will receive the British Empire Medal (BEM), awarded for civil service or military service.

Here are the seven heroes of Hull and East Yorkshire who have been named in the Queen's Birthday honors list:


RAY GRAY, 63, of Beverley

For services to Search and Rescue in the UK and Abroad.

Ray Gray, 63, of Beverley, wants to be awarded MBE for his services to search and rescue in the UK and abroad

Ray Gray has been part of the International Rescue Corps (IRC) since 1988 and is currently the Deputy Corps Director and Northern Region Co-ordinator.

He is the man to call upon in the dangerous and extreme circumstances as explosions, earthquakes, floods and missing person searches, leading a team into some of the most difficult circumstances.

Ray is the team leader during the 2009 Cocker Mill floods, carrying out numerous rescue missions to bring a total of 60 people to safety.

He has worked all over the world, including in war-torn countries like Rwanda and Kosovo, as well as being shot in Colombia. Ray has worked in Nicaragua and Mozambique.

He has delivered emergency supplies, tunnelled under collapsed buildings at risk to his own life, and carried out extremely professional search and rescue missions.

At first, Ray thought that the honor was "a wind-up" but is very 'humbled' to receive MBE for his work.

He said, "It's very humbling. I was a little surprised.

"I believe the nomination is from other people in the search and rescue family. In a search and rescue process we seem to one person to get this honor.

I worked with you because you can not do it on your own. "

"The team become a family. You're so close to them, like a brother or sister. That is the biggest payback. You have this huge family scattered around the country who are there when you need them.

"I have been to the world. I'd never do that on my own. You see the real country and get to see people at their best. "

HELEN RAWDON, 53, of Beverley

For services to Fostering in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Helen Rawdon of Beverley wants to receive MBE for services to foster care.

Helen Rawdon started working as a foster carer in 1989 and has gone on to provide care and support for over 150 children and young people for East Riding of the Yorkshire Council.

She fosters babies and children and offers supported lodging placements to a range of vulnerable young adults, including care leavers.

Mrs Rawdon says she's been shocked to find out she's been awarded the award.

She said, "I was not aware of it at all. It came completely out of the blue.

"I think it helps to promote fostering and I think all foster carers should be getting something like this.

"We received a letter about a week ago and at first I thought it was a scam because they wanted more details. I say my dad and said 'what do you think?' 'He said' why not, you deserve it '.

"It has been a family effort. This is not just one person. I would not be able to do it without their support. "

Helen dedicated the award to the support from her family. Pictured from left, Karen, Mark, James and Evie, Katie, Harry, Paul, Vicki, Helen and Emma.

As well as her fostering role, Mrs. Rawdon is voluntarily dedicating time to assist in training and supporting prospective and inexperienced foster carers.

Helen fostered her first child at the age of 24. Being the eldest of five when she was younger, Helen says she always had "motherly instincts".

She said, "I can remember it's just been in my head. It's something I grew up with, having those motherly instincts. "

ANDREW HORNCASTLE, 59, of North Ferriby

For services to charity and business in the community in East Yorkshire.

Andrew Horncastle of the Horncastle Group
Andrew Horncastle of the Horncastle Group

'Passionate Yorkshireman' Andrew Horncastle has worked tirelessly over the years to improve the economy of the region for the benefit of local communities, as well as making a significant contribution, in terms of both time and money, to a number of charities.

He was instrumental in establishing a Humber-wide Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is a driving force in the organization 'For Entrepreneurs Only'.

Since 2010, he has been a Trustee of the Daisy Appeal, a medical research charity based in East Yorkshire, and has been committed to helping the charity achieve its goals.

He is also active in the charity of CatZero and is a Prince's Trust North Local Ambassador for both public and private sector teams.

Mr. Horncastle has been awarded the "Punch Above Its Weight" award.

He said, "I'm delighted that the work has been recognised and received this great honor. It was quite unexpected.

"However, for me, the biggest reward is working people who are passionate about, and dedicated to, seeing this region above its weight.

"Seeing something you've done on our local economy or the health or wellbeing of the people who live here is what I love the most."

"I'd like to make it clear that while this is an individual honor, I've had some great people around me. So, for me, it is the recognition of the collective efforts of all those.

"After all, there is a lot of people who are giving a great deal of time to this region, they are looking to build a better local society with greater opportunities for local people and local businesses. This award is for them too. "

KATIE TAYLOR, 48, of Brough

Owner and Director, Drewtons Ltd.

For services to the economy and community in Yorkshire.

Katie Taylor, owner and director of Drewtons Ltd, wants to receive a grant from MBE for services to Yorkshire's economy and community
Katie Taylor, owner and director of Drewtons Ltd, wants to receive a grant from MBE for services to Yorkshire's economy and community

Katie Taylor established Drewton's Farms Shop on the Drewton Estate near South Cave in 2010, which has countless customers as well as scooping countless local, regional, and national awards for the quality of its products and customer service.

In 2018, Katie received Yorkshire Life's Food Hero title at the magazine's annual Food and Drink Awards.

Most recently, Katie has overseen the £ 650,000 development of The Manor Rooms, a purpose-built, licensed wedding and events venue, which opened for business in May this year on The Drewton Estate.

Yorkshire-based food producers, farmers, growers and suppliers.

It provides more than 35 local people, and more than 100 other Yorkshire businesses.

Katie regularly hosts 'Meet The Producer' events, and school and community visits, as well as educate members of the public about where our food comes from and encourage them to 'buy / eat local'.

Pictured is Katie Taylor inside Drewton's
Pictured is Katie Taylor inside Drewton's

Katie has managed to raise money in the region of £ 100,000 for charity and has enjoyed a variety of charity fundraising committees over the years.

Welcome to Yorkshire and Visit Hull & East Yorkshire, as well as The Guild of Fine Foods, FARMA, Deliciously Yorkshire and a network of Yorkshire-based farm shops.

Katie said, "I was completely speechless when I heard the news – in fact, I'm still on!

"It feels very grown-up. The Prime Ministers receive them to MBE in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honor's List.

Katie Taylor, pictured when Drewton's won a Reyta award in 2012.
Katie Taylor, pictured when Drewton's won a Reyta award in 2012.

Yorkshire food and drink – and about our little corner of East Yorkshire in particular.

Drewton's Farm Shop and The Manor Rooms with. "I'm very lucky to have such a wonderful team of people working with them their high quality, ethically and locally-produced food and drink products. "

DAWDA JATTA, 45, of Hull

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BAMEEN

For services to recycling and energy saving in Hull

Dawda Jatta, CEO and founder of BAMEEN

Dawda Jatta is the founder and CEO of BAMEEN – a community organization promoting recycling, energy saving, local food production and environmental education programs to BAME groups in Hull and East Riding.

He has forged partnerships with the local authority, community and environmental groups, including Hull's Hull and the Open Door Project Hull, to deliver a range of projects to help educate and train local people on health, sustainability and energy cost reduction.

2,000 vulnerable consumers to educate them on switching energy providers.

As a Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) champion, over the past three years he has consistently produced excellent results, reaching targets for outreach and failing to meet the requirements of the program.

He has led BAMEEN to work on a range of programs to support the BAME community in Hull, including at NHS funded project to raise awareness of diabetes, urban agriculture training to promote nutrition, healthy eating and cost reduction.

Dawda has run An Introduction to Engineering course for unemployed women.

Dawda Jatta wants to receive MBE for services to Recycling and Energy Saving in Hull

He moved to Hull in 2006 from Gambia to study at the university, and continues to make his way home.

He said, "This has come as a surprise. It was the last thing I was expecting. It is something I am very passionate about and it is very humbling that somebody recognises that. Being awarded to MBE, I still can not get over it. I am looking forward to receiving the award.

"When I was in Gambia, I was sent pictures of Hull and my first impression. When I woke up, it was kept nice and tidy.

"I came here in 2006 and it's like home for me now. I want to do anything possible to make sure the first impressions are and I can.



For services to Victims of Sexual Abuse

Denise McCunnell wants to receive a BEM for services to become a victim of sexual abuse

After qualifying as a counselor, Denise McCunnell set up Survivors (Hull and East Riding) – an organization dedicated to offering free therapeutic and mental health services.

Who has been sexually abused as children in Hull and it has made a huge impact in the community.

Survivors serving thousands of people free of charge and Denise managing everything from making tea and cleaning to providing counseling and managing the accounts.

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse then you must report it to the police. The crime took place. Call Humberside Police at 101 or in an emergency, ring 999.

You can call these organizations to seek support.

  • Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP): 01482 318759
  • Hull Rape Crisis: 01482 329 990
  • Hull and District Victim Support: 01482 587666.
  • Male Victim Support – Hull City Council: 01482 613 978
  • Preston Road Women's center: 01482 790 310
  • Respond: 020 7383 0700
  • Safeline: Helpline for women 0808 800 5008; Helpline for Men 0808 800 5005
  • Survivors Counseling Service: 01482 226677
  • Victims Information Service: 0808 168 9293
  • Women's Aid: 01482 446 099 (local); 01482 474 133 (local children's services); 0808 200 0247 (national)

The organization renamed The Trauma Recovery Service and now provides a free service to both male and female patients.

Denise admitted "bursting into tears" upon receiving the letter and saying "delighted" and "honored" to be recognised for her work.

She said, "It means a lot because I do not think many people who do therapy get an award like this.

Denise McCunnell's 'burst into tears' when she heard the news

"When I read it I actually burst into tears. It's not something you expect to get in the post. "

"I think it is amazing. It is a recognition as well as there are victims out there and they need our help. "

Denise received the Hull Community Pioneer award in 2004.


Dental Care Professional, Teeth Team Limited.

For services to Dentistry.

Julie Fountain wants to receive a BEM for services to dentistry
Julie Fountain wants to receive a BEM for services to dentistry

This year, Julie Fountain wants to have been working in dentistry for 29 years.

Since July 2010, she has been instrumental in the creation of the Teeth team, helping to improve the health of children by taking dental education directly into local primary schools.

It has grown to become the largest program of its kind in England and under its supervision.

Julie could not believe it when the letter came through the post. She said, "I'm just thrilled and in a bit of shock. I was quite surprised when I got the letter I did not know what to think.

"When the letter arrived I thought it was jury service and when I opened it up.

"It was not until I sent my details back and got a response back from the office cabinet that I thought it was real."

Statistics show that Julie and the Teeth Team's work is having a huge impact on the improvement of oral health in children.

In 2014, the Royal College of Surgeons stated that the main reason for an oresthetic due to poor orally health but in East Yorkshire, general anesthetic admissions had fallen by 20 per cent.

Julie dedicated the honor to her colleagues, saying: "It is just amazing. This is a team effort, it is not just me.

"I am accepting this on behalf of the team. We all play a massive role and I would not be able to do it on my own. "


Richard Ludlow

CEO of Ebor Academy Trust

For services to education

Richard Ludlow, CEO of Ebor Academy Trust, wants to receive OBE for services to education

Richard Ludlow is the chief executive of Ebor, set up in December 2013 to support Haxby Road Primary School, York.

Mr. Ludlow was headteacher at Robert Wilkinson Primary School in Strensall, North Yorkshire, at the time and galvanized a team dedicated to improving outcomes.

Three years later, Haxby Road earned a "Good" rating from Ofsted and the school was praised for "exciting learning".

Ebor now operates 22 schools across York, Selby, on the Yorkshire coast and in the East Riding and Humber, with two Hessle schools set to join in July.

Mr Ludlow wants to receive OBE for his work. He said, "I am thrilled and humbled – and I see the honor as a winning team effort.

"Ebor has achieved a lot and I want to pay tribute to the dedicated and hard-working people. I am privileged to lead.

"Both at our schools and in our central team, we all share a commitment to the children and young people in our care.

"Our pupils have a single chance at their education and it is our key to make their experience at school is fulfilling, enriching and relevant."

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