Many people across Essex have been recognised in the New Years Honours list

Echo: Lucy Hodges is one of many from across south Essex to be recognised in the New Years Honour list Lucy Hodges is one of many from across south Essex to be recognised in the New Years Honour list

A WORLD champion blind sailor is amongst those from south Essex to have been recognised in the New Years Honours list.

Lucy Hodges, 37, from Rochford, has been made an MBE following a year which saw her win gold at the IFDS Blind Sailing World Championships in Japan and sail the length of Lake Windermere, twice, unaided.

Following the announcement of her appointment, she said: “When I got the letter I cried. It’s still sinking in now. It’s been hard keeping it a secret, but it’s very special.”

Others to be given prestigious honours is the deputy mayor of Basildon, Danny Lawrence, who was given the British Empire Medal for his services to radio, and Carol Compton, head of youth offending services at Southend Council appointed an MBE for services to children and families.

Mr Lawrence has been in the industry for 30 years, with a career spanning time at Radio Basildon, BBC Radio London and LBC 261 before pushing Gateway 97.8 forward as the business development director.

Ms Compton said her passion for families is what drives her in the role which has seen many extra responsibilities brought upon the youth service, including teenage pregnancies and community engagement.

She said: “My passion is children and families. For me, I’ve got five kids and three grandchildren, and I want no different for them as I do other children. Everyone deserves a chance.”

For the full New Years Honours list, see tomorrow’s Echo.

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6:01am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fantastic opportunity to say thank you, to the real people of this land...
Fantastic opportunity to say thank you, to the real people of this land... Nowthatsworthknowing

10:20am Tue 31 Dec 13

CaptainBlackadder says...

Ho hum, missed out again - story of my life really,perhaps I'll be lucky next year - in the meantime,happy new year to all of you out there.
Ho hum, missed out again - story of my life really,perhaps I'll be lucky next year - in the meantime,happy new year to all of you out there. CaptainBlackadder

12:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project.

Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station.

Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses.

Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter.

What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve.
It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project. Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station. Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses. Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter. What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve. Kim Gandy

5:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

whataday says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project.

Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station.

Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses.

Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter.

What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve.
Maybe you could make the powers that be aware of these people and their work - ready for next year
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project. Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station. Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses. Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter. What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve.[/p][/quote]Maybe you could make the powers that be aware of these people and their work - ready for next year whataday

6:24pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project.

Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station.

Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses.

Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter.

What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve.
Hellooo I said the Real People.....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It's time Yvonne Williams and Ros Connors were given an award for their sterling efforts with Gateway... These two ladies have made a huge difference to the lives of many youngsters in the Basildon area and lots of their own time and money has gone into this project. Ros does all the programming and has worked in radio media all her life. She works tirelessly for the station and has ploughed money into it and without her there would be no such radio station. Yvonne Williams has also put her life savings and endless hours of work into the radio station. Both ladies have built up excellent relationships with other organisations in the community and have done much for Basildon that is not recognised by the council or the local newspapers. They have invested time, money and efforts into promoting the works of decent ordinary people of Basildon as well as businesses. Most people who work on the radio station are volunteers - they have also contributed to this local radio station's successes with awards including a Big Society Award from David Cameron - and have even had royal recognition with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Gateway is the product of the hard work on the part of a multitude of extremely dedicated volunteers - some of whom are experts in their field. It truly is a community radio station to the last letter. What a pity such people never get the recognition they deserve.[/p][/quote]Hellooo I said the Real People..... Nowthatsworthknowing

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