Congratulations In Order For Two Local Bolton Heroes Honoured On The Queen's Birthday Honours List
18th June 2012
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Two of Bolton's local champions are being honoured by the Queen in her Birthday Honour's List.

The first, Karen Edwards, Chief Executive of Bolton Lads & Girls Club, is to be awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector.

The honour comes as recognition of 15 years hard work and dedication, and for the excellent contribution and development to the one-on-one mentoring scheme, which has set national standards.

Having stumbled upon the club in 1995, she was an integral part of the mentoring project, which was launched two years later. As mentoring co-ordinator, she mentored youngsters as a volunteer and, now, 15 years later, the project has helped thousands.

The second, Dorothy Martland, has received an MBE for her inspiring work in community broadcasting and education, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, presided over by Prince Charles.

Dorothy is the founder of Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications (DBBC), which is an organisation providing radio broadcast training to those that usually wouldn't have the chance to do so.

DBBC was the first organisation in the North West to use radio broadcasting techniques to increase confidence help students into further education or into the workplace, and enable people of all ages, disabilities and ethnicities to learn and work together. Indeed, her hard work and perseverance led her to set up Bolton market Radio, a forerunner for what is now Bolton FM.

Since it;s inception in 1999, DBBC has trained more than 1,400 students, and the company has managed to raise more than £1 million as a charity.

Congratulations to the both of them, not just for the honours, but for the hard work and dedication they've put in throughout the years.

For more information about the Orders of the British Empire, see here.

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