New Year Honours List: Leeds philanthropist recognised

Philanthropist Marjorie Ziff's long-standing support for her adopted home city of Leeds has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

MBE recipient Dr Ziff was among dozens of Yorkshire's great and good rewarded for their work on behalf of others.

She and her late businessman husband, Arnold, have donated large sums

of money to a string of good causes in the city, including Leeds Art Gallery and Roundhay Park's Tropical World.

Glasgow-born Dr Ziff, 81, told the Yorkshire Evening Post she was "incredibly excited and honoured".

Former Wakefield councillor Brian Hazell got an MBE for his work helping children overseas through the Suzy Fund, which he began in 1975.

Inspired by a photo of a young girl who died on a rubbish dump in Ethiopia, Mr Hazell asked 1,000 people to pledge 10p a week for life.

The charity has since raised more than 630,000 and has funded a string

of third world projects.

Mr Hazell, 77, from Sandal, said: "I've been to Ethiopia and seen what's been done and it's amazing what you can do with goodwill and a bit of money. I feel humbled because of all the nice, loyal people who have helped."

A CBE went to John Fisher, 55-year-old deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Leeds and a professor of mechanical engineering.

He said: "I am delighted - it's recognition of many years of work in medical engineering by a large group of people at the university."

Nasa astronaut and former University of Leeds student Piers Sellers was handed an OBE in the Diplomatic and Overseas List.

Business leader Keith Madeley, 63, picked up the MBE for services to the community in his native Yorkshire.

Mr Madeley, who is chairman of the Yorkshire Society and chair of governors at the David Young Community Academy in Seacroft, Leeds, said: "This award is not just for me, it's for all the wonderful people I work with."

Leeds City Council's recently-retired director of city development Jean Dent was given the OBE.

The council's executive member for development, Coun Richard Lewis, said the honour was deserved recognition for her "exemplary" career.

John Nash received the MBE for services to the community in his role as chairman of the Friends Of Castleford Savile Park. Mr Nash, 75, said: "I got a shock when I got the letter about my MBE- I thought I'd been called up for jury service at first!"

Tom Moran, a former chief superintendent with West Yorkshire Police, was given an MBE.

Mr Moran, 63, who comes from Thorpe Audlin near Pontefract and is the professional standards co-ordinator for the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, said: "I was always delighted when colleagues got this kind of recognition but never imagined it would be my turn."

Major Ashley Rawlins, 67, president of Morley's Royal British Legion branch, was awarded an OBE. He said: "My mother once told me that I should always remember that life is not about how much money you can accumulate, it's about what you do for your community and I've always lived my life that way."


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