South Lincolnshire is saluting a man who has devoted his life to a veterans organisation and a district nurse who have both been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Keith Noel Crawford (74), of Rainwall Court, Sutterton, has been given an Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his tireless service over 27 years.
Candice Pellet, a case manager district nurse at Bourne Galletly Practice, has been given the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to nursing.
Mr Crawford is the national vice-chairman for the Royal Naval Association (RNA) and was awarded the gong for voluntary service to navy personnel, veterans and their families.
He said: “It’s hard to describe, I’m excited and very, very surprised.
“I keep saying to myself what on earth have I done to deserve this?”
Chairman of the Spalding Branch for 26 years, he joined the RNA in July 1985. He is also chair of the review of the Royal Charter that is approaching completion.
Mrs Pellett, who was at the practice seeing patients as usual on Tuesday, lives in Moulton.
In addition to caring for people with long-term conditions and delivering palliative and end-of-life care, she works nationally as a clinical advisor, including being a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Nursing and Quality Care Forum.
She said: “It’s all very humbling – I have no idea who nominated me.
“People are surprised I’ve been at work as usual today, but I’m looking forward to taking the opportunity to promote community nursing.”