Send a Cow founder among those recognised in New Year Honours

David Bragg, who helped to create the international development charity 30 years ago, is one of many charity sector professionals and volunteers to be included in this year's honours list

Send a Cow founder David Bragg
Send a Cow founder David Bragg

The founder of the international development charity Send a Cow and a senior adviser at Care International UK are among those recognised in the New Year Honours List.

David Bragg founded Send a Cow in 1988 with a group of Christian dairy farmers who wanted to help poor communities in Africa by providing them with livestock. Bragg has been awarded an OBE for his services to the charity.

Helen Pankhurst, senior adviser at the international aid charity Care International, has been awarded a CBE for services to gender equality. Helen Pankhurst is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders in the British suffragette movement. She has worked for Care International since 2006.

Mark Waddington, chief executive of Hope and Homes for Children, has also been awarded a CBE for services to global child protection. Waddington has been chief executive of Hope and Homes for Children since 2012 and before that was chief executive of the charity War Child.

No sector professionals were awarded knighthoods or damehoods for their charitable work. However, professor Jeremy Farrar, a director at the medical research funder the Wellcome Trust, was awarded a knighthood for services to global health. Professor Melvyn Greaves, a director of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research, was awarded the same honour for services to childhood leukaemia research.

Among the charity sector workers to be awarded OBEs are: Lucy Lake, chief executive of the international education charity Camfed International; Aamer Naeem, chief executive of the Penny Appeal; Phillip Noyes, chief adviser on child protection at the NSPCC; and Mark Prince, who founded of the knife crime charity the Kiyan Prince Foundation after his son, Kiyan, was fatally stabbed in the chest in 2006.

In total, 1,148 people have received awards this year and 70 per cent of the recipients are people who have undertaken work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

Recipients of MBEs include Denis Rogers, who has used his own past experience to become a role model for homeless people; Joanna Bostock, co-founder and joint chief executive of the Women's Sport Trust; and Helen Clarke, who has been honoured for services to GirlguidingMelissa Mead, from Penryn, Cornwall, whose son William died in 2014 of blood poisoning, becomes an MBE after campaigning to raise awareness of sepsis and the work of the UK Sepsis Trust.

Four British Red Cross volunteers have been recognised for their work. Lesley Smith (pictured, right) from Taverham, Norwich, has been awarded an MBE, and Margaret Dickson from Sutton Coldfield, Colin Moffat from Aberdeen and David Taylor from Cumbria have received the British Empire Medal.

Other recipients of the British Empire Medal, which mostly goes to people for their community or charitable work, include Catherine Watkins, who created the charity Vale Parent/Child Homework Support Club in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, and Cheryl Johnson, who set up the charity Remember My Baby in response to her personal loss.

The full list can be viewed here.

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