Belford man receives MBE
North Northumberland resident Christopher Matthews-Maxwell, TD, has been made an MBE for his services to the voluntary sector.
Mr Matthews-Maxwell from Old Mousen, near Belford, was presented with his medal at Alnwick Castle by the Duchess of Northumberland.
For more than 30 years he has given dedicated service to the voluntary sector, holding a number of wide and varied public appointments.
Most recently he has been very active in the charitable sector. He is chairman of Leukaemia CARE, a national charity that provides care and support to those suffering from leukaemia and blood cancers. He has been involved with this charity for 20 years.
He is also vice-chairman of DISC (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities) a large, locally-based charity operating across the North East, which specialises in the rehabilitation of offenders and provides help and support for those suffering from the effects of substance misuse. He has been involved in this charity since 1998.
Mr Matthews-Maxwell said: “I am greatly honoured. In many ways I feel the award is a recognition of the enormous contribution made by the voluntary and charitable sectors to help the vulnerable and less fortunate members of society. I am just one of the many millions in the UK who each year give their time, skills and experience to help others.”
The Duchess added: “In all his roles Mr Matthews-Maxwell has displayed extraordinary commitment and dedication. His length of service to the voluntary sector is an incredible achievement and he has every right to be proud of the honour bestowed on him by Her Majesty The Queen. It is very well deserved.”