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Surgeon receives OBE for treating victims of blaze.

Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter @KATIEJDICKINSON

APLASTIC surgeon who helped victims of a devastating nightclub fire in Romania was among three North East people to receive honours at Buckingham Palace this week.

Dr Sarah Pape, executive headteacher Lesley Powell and glassmaker Brian Jones picked up their gongs from Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony on Thursday.

Dr Pape, from Longwitton, Northumberland, was awarded an OBE for her services to the treatment of burns patients in the UK and Romania.

She is a leading UK expert in the treatment of acute burns and reconstructive plastic surgery.

In 2015, when a devastating fire hit the Club Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, claiming 64 lives, she flew out to the scene within hours of hearing about the incident.

Speaking at the time, she said: "When I first heard about the fire on the news I was horrified by the number of casualties and wondered how any single city or country would be able to cope."

Dr Pape arrived at a critical point, with the overwhelmed Romanian medical system dealing with over 150 casualties, of which 88 required critical care, and insufficient burns facilities across the country. She played a pivotal role in helping coordinate the rescue effort which involved bringing a total of nine victims of the blaze back to the UK.

Lesley Powell, executive headteacher at the Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee and CEO of the North East Learning Trust, was handed a CBE by the Prince of Wales.

On finding out about her nomination in June, Mrs Powell said: "This award represents the work of many other people, particularly the staff at Shotton Hall who work tirelessly to give the children of our community access to an education that can compete with the very best schools in the country.

"I'd also like to thank staff in other schools in our Trust and colleagues in education across the North East and nationally who have supported me throughout the years. I always wanted to be a teacher and I could never imagine doing anything else, to be rewarded in this way for doing something I love is such an honour."

Brian Jones from Sunderland has been awarded an MBE for services to glassblowing.

The citation described Mr Jones' contribution to glass art as "invaluable".

It said: "Along with his colleague, Norman Veitch, they started work at the Pyrex factory in Sunderland, later known as Corning Glass Works. They were trained in the art of lampworking - the glassblowing technique using a gas burner - and worked as glassblowers fabricating complex chemical apparatus for use in laboratories.

"In 1996 they jointly founded Wearside Glass Sculptures. They hold daily demonstrations of lampworking, entertaining visitors and informing them about the properties of glass and the history of glassmaking in Sunderland. They are also dedicated to teaching their skills to others and generously share their vast experience and knowledge with students. As well as being talented, creative glassmakers, they have become role models for many young artists."

When I first heard about the fire on the news I was horrified by the number of casualtiesDr Sarah Pape


Headteacher Lesley Powell and glassmaker Brian Jones receive their honours at the investiture ceremony

Dr Sarah Pape from Longwitton is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Medical condition overview
Geographic Code:4EXRO
Date:Dec 8, 2017
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