Honours



For services to vulnerable adults

Sonia Parnell is a very special lady who has dedicated her life to the care and support of many vulnerable adults in the community. Apart from running a care home, Liberty House, she undertakes courses and activities to support young people, giving advice on building self- esteem and inspiring young people to go further. She […]

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For services to the community in Solihull

With so many families breaking up, the impact on the lives of children is a growing concern and it is heart-warming to know there are people like Anne Ryder, selflessly giving her time and expertise to help in times of crisis. For over 21 years Anne has been a volunteer at the Solihull Child Contact […]

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For services to the community in Sandwell

Bishop Stanford Fairin had a vision to create a care centre to support the Afro-Caribbean elderly in Sandwell. His vision was realised with support from Sandwell Council and the Cape Community Care Centre was born. Today the centre serves 52 people, mainly from Afro-Caribbean descent with activities, outings, meals and a place many call home. […]

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For services to the community in Heath Town, Wolverhampton

Susan Allen has given one of the most deprived areas in Wolverhampton the highest commitment, leading a 40–strong volunteering group behind the Hope Community Project. The Hope project helps vulnerable people in a culturally diverse area, where drugs, crime, violence and unemployment are prevalent. Although she has retired as the Project Manager for the charity, […]

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For services to education in Bangladesh

Azad Choudhury was the Founder and President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) in Birmingham from 1986-1992. The BCA created awareness of health and safety with many restaurant owners and staff attending food hygiene and safety courses. In addition, the enterprise helped the Bangladeshi community in Birmingham with education and job opportunities. As a member […]

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For services to charity, particularly Edward’s Trust and the community in Birmingham

Attempting to summarise all the causes and charities Judy has helped is a challenge. She volunteered for Edward’s Trust bereavement charity since 1991, playing a major role in fund-raising, which led her to being made a Patron of the Trust in 1991. Since 1986 she has supported Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice with fund-raising and written […]

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For services to Asian and ethnic minority women

Dr Saroj Duggal was the first Asian Gujarati woman to underwrite in the insurance industry. Through her own challenges to be successful in business, that involved breaking barriers from her cultural background and juggle a family, Dr Duggal has been on a mission to help other women facing cultural issues giving talks and advice. She […]

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For services to Armed Forces personnel and the Sikh community across the globe

In October 2005, Mandeep Kaur was appointed as the first and only Sikh Chaplain for the entire British Armed Forces and still remains in the post. Her role as Sikh Chaplain involves providing Armed Forces personnel and families with moral, pastoral and spiritual support. She advises and has engaged with the Ministry of Defence on […]

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