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Hazel's name is on list.

A woman who has helped hundreds of people recover from heart operations and lead healthier lives has been given an MBE on the New Year's Honour's List.

Hazel Ward, formerly Dry, started the Take Heart Support Group in Guisborough in 1990.

The 63-year-old was a 30-year-old PE teacher when she first suffered with heart problems in 1974 and had to have a triple bypass.

Determined to help others, she began running rehabilitation courses at the then Teesside Polytechnic in the 1980s, then at Longlands College, and established an HQ at Bow Street, Guisborough.

She also launched the walking arm of the group, the Bow Street Walkers before helping to found the THSG charity 1989.

The group now runs 16 classes at nine venues.

Hazel, who lived in Commondale, near Guisborough before moving near York this year, said: "This is a tremendous honour and reflects on the whole organisation."

* For more details on the Bow Street Walkers, call 01642 491655.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2007
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