‘Dynamic and inspirational’ woman honoured with MBE

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AN “INSPIRATIONAL” fundraiser from Harrogate has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Christine Hamilton-Stewart, 59, has been given the honour for voluntary services to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

One of the charity’s vice presidents, and a volunteer for the past 15 years, Mrs Hamilton-Stewart has played a big part in fundraising for the Bradford-based charity.

Director Fabian French said the recognition was “thoroughly deserved”.

“Christine has made an enormous contribution as a senior volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care and has been at the very heart of our work in Yorkshire for many years,” he said.

“Christine is a dynamic and inspirational fundraiser, as well as a passionate advocate of the charity’s work both in the Bradford hospice and the work our nurses carry out in people’s homes across the local community.”

Mrs Hamilton-Stewart initially joined the charity as chairman of a fundraising appeal, raising £3.3m towards building the Bradford hospice.

She went on to become patron of the hospice once it was completed in 2001 and is now a vice president of the charity.

“I’m very surprised,” she said this week, “I’m slightly embarrassed because I’m very much a part of a team. “I’ve been shopping for this charity for a long time - I haven’t a friend left!

“Every time I see somebody they tell me they’ve no more money to give.

“We all work together to try and help Marie Curie provide the fabulous service to people that it does at the end of their lives.”

Mrs Hamilton-Stewart lives in Prospect Place with her husband Peter, a retired surgeon. Mother to Henry and Elizabeth, she also has four grandchildren.

She trained as a nurse and is the third generation of her family to work within the healthcare profession.

“We have a fantastic service of Marie Curie nurses in North Yorkshire who go into patients’ homes for those that want end their lives in their own homes,” she said.

“I’m very honoured to work alongside such an amazing group of people.”

Also appearing on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this week is a former Harrogate Grammar School pupil who has been made a CBE for services to the NHS.

Dr Gillian Leng is deputy chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and chief operating officer of NHS Evidence.

Now living in Bedfordshire, Dr Leng, née Sanderson, went to school at Harrogate Grammar School before attaining a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology from Leeds University.

She went on to qualify as a doctor, specialising in public health medicine.

Another woman appearing on the list will be well-known to hundreds of Harrogate supporters of a Yorkshire cancer charity.

Ann Shelton, MBE, has helped to raise more than £1m for the Leeds-based Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

She has organised and promoted 14 annual gala balls at the Harrogate’s Majestic Hotel.

She currently lives in the Ilkley district.