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Unsung heroes get their recognition from Queen.

THE Queen's Birthday Honours list isn't just about honouring those in the limelight - it's about rewarding the unsung heroes of society too.

People like Bob Eldridge, from Corbridge, Northumberland who has dedicated 30 years of his life to Newcastle based charity, The People's Kitchen for which he has now received an MBE.

The People's Kitchen was founded in 1985 since when it has served on average 40,000 hot meals a year to the city's homeless and disadvantaged population.

The grandfather-of-five said: "I'm honoured and delighted to receive the MBE. Whilst it may be about my achievement, I would also like it to be a lever that I can use in my campaign to help the poor.

"I believe people in our country today would like to see government address homelessness once and for all. Charity begins in our own back yard here in Newcastle."

He added: "The MBE is for everyone connected with The People's Kitchen and I'm very proud of them all."

Honoured for a very different sort of charitable work was Carole Catchpole, founder of the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust. She was given a BEM for services to the protection of hedgehogs.

And Newcastle University Professor Doug Turnbull has been knighted in recognition of his services to healthcare research and treatment.

Prof Turnbull, of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Disease at Newcastle University, has been at the forefront of ground-breaking work to eliminate a deadly genetic disease.

Each year, around one in 6,500 children are born with severe mitochondrial diseases,


<BCarole Catchpole, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal

<BBob Eldridge at The People's Kitchen. He has been awared an MBE

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2016
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