East Devon and Exeter community heroes and charity champions recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Community heroes and charity champions from East Devon and Exeter are among those to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.

The latest honours, traditionally announced in June, were postponed until October by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to include those who went above and beyond and stepped up amid the coronavirus crisis.

Medics, volunteers, services to the public, and charity efforts in East Devon and Exeter have been awarded recognition in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor John Sambles has been awarded a Knighthood for services to scientific research and outreach.

Professor Sambles, from the University of Exeter Physics and Astronomy department, has been a tutor of experimental physics at the university since 1991.

The professor, who lives in Crediton, said: “It is an absolute honour to receive a knighthood. I have been fortunate to receive support from so many places, including my amazing wife Sandy, our children and grandchildren, and my Christian faith and God’s guidance.

“I was also fortunate to have the support of a visionary head of department, Trevor Preist, while I have enormously valued working with and alongside some extremely talented colleagues and research students.

“Success has come through sheer hard work driven by a natural curiosity, but also it has always been so important to me to treat everyone equally and nurture and encourage them when I can.”

Sacha Pemberthy, from Exmouth, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to business during the COVID-19 response.

She is Chief Executive Officer at Fair4All Finance, which supports the financial wellbeing of the most vulnerable groups in society through increasing access to fair and affordable financial services.

Christian Chaplain at Exeter Prison, Leahman Filmore Pratt, has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services during Covid-19.

Born in Jamaica and raised in London, Leahman, from Exeter, was recognised for his work to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service amid the pandemic.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell has been awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Married dad-of-two Mr Howell, from Honiton, was recognised for his work to the fire and rescue services.

Dr Edward Hammond, from Exeter, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to medical education.

Dr Hammond is consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Janet Sawyer, from Exeter, founder of LittlePod, has become a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to International trade, sustainability and exports.

Volunteer Hazel Bound, from Exeter, has been announced a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.

The award is for Hazel’s voluntary service to walking in South West England through her work with the Long Distance Walking Association, across Devon and Cornwall.

Edna Cahill, in her 90s, was made Medallist of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to the community in Exeter.

Edna, from Exeter,  who has been abseiling off tall buildings in Exeter since she was 75 years old, has devoted her time for around 30 years to helping city projects and charities.

Stanley Hacking, from Exeter, was named Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for his services to charitable fundraising.

Through the Stan Hacking Concert Band, he has raised more than £330,000 for local charities, despite his own battle with bone marrow cancer and a lung condition.

Peter Hoare, from Exmouth, was made Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for services to cinema.

Peter’s cinematic career began when he started working full-time for Charles Scott at his Newton Abbot Alexandra Cinema.

He became company manager in the 1980s, inheriting the Scott Cinemas at Newton Abbot, Bridgwater, Lyme Regis and Dartmouth on Mr Scott’s death, which he increased to eight across the South West.

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