FUNDRAISER extraordinaire Regina Waldman heads the cast of unsung local heroes saluted in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Regina, 84, received an MBE in recognition of the 47 years she has dedicated to working on behalf of Donisthorpe Hall care home, in Moortown, Leeds.
And, in typically generous fashion, she was quick to pay tribute to the support she has had from daughter Linda and grandsons Ashley, Robert and Jak over the years.
Regina, from Alwoodley, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “They are my life and have kept me going through thick and thin.
“I’m so proud to receive this award and grateful that my wonderful family can share my joy.”
Other recipients included Allison Chin, who was given an OBE recognising her 19 years of dedicated service as headteacher at Bramley’s Swinnow Primary School.
Allison, 54, from Adel, described the award as a “great honour” for the school and the community of Swinnow as a whole.
There was an MBE for Alison Ings, former chair of governors at Leeds’s North West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre and hailed as a champion for disabled and disadvantaged youngsters.
Alison, 45, who lives in Temple Newsam, said: “I was told about this four weeks ago and still can’t quite believe it! I’m feeling very proud.”
Another MBE went to Carole Whittingham, who founded West Yorkshire-based charity Support and Care after Road Death and Injury (SCARD) after her 27-year-old son, Steve, was killed by a drink driver in 1992.
Carole, 68, said: “I feel very humbled. This isn’t just an award for me, it’s for all the people who have worked with me and continue to work with me.”
Ann Shelton, 70, from Ilkley, was awarded an MBE after raising more than £1m for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and its predecessor, the Cookridge Cancer Centre Appeal.
She said today: “I hope this honour gives further recognition to the excellent clinical care that is provided by [the Leeds-based cancer centre’s] wonderful team of staff.”
Jonathan Bielby was handed an MBE to celebrate his contribution to music.
Mr Bielby is the retired organist and director of music at Wakefield Cathedral.
Two of West Yorkshire Police’s assistant chief constables were also honoured.
Jawaid Akhtar received the Queen’s Police Medal while John Parkinson was awarded an OBE.
The pair have clocked up a joint total of 60 years service to policing.