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N Ireland Fundraisers recognised in New Year’s honours list

N Ireland Fundraisers recognised in New Year’s honours list

Charity fundraisers in were well represented in the New Year’s Honours list.

As well as a long list of people who were recognised for general charity work, five individuals were given MBEs and BEMs for fundraising for local charities.

MBEs were given to Thomas Baxter, who raised money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI, and Rosemond Baxter also for fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI. Charity fundraiser Michael Campbell, who has raised £500,000 for charity by hosting quizzes over the past four decades, said he was “over the moon” to receive his BEM.

Maureen Raye Hume also received a BEM for services to charity fundraising and to the community in Northern Ireland. Mary Margaret Mitchell got her BEM for fundraising for the NSPCC.

More than eighty honours were awarded in Northern Ireland this year.

MBE medal

Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE. Crown copyright – used under Open Government License.

Other fundraisers recognised

The 2015 New Year’s Honours List listed the following people across the UK for fundraising services to charities:

1. CBE: Michael Paul Sheffield – lately Group Chief Executive Officer, Kier Group plc. For services to Civil Engineering, Construction and Charitable Fundraising.

2. OBE: Alastair John Wilson Campbell – Chairman, Campbell Lutyens & Co. Ltd. For services to Financial Services and Charitable Fundraising.

3. MBE: Henry Anthony Armstrong – Engineering Technician, Department for Regional Development, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Transport and charitable fundraising.

4. MBE: Rosemond Margaret Baxter – Fundraiser, Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI. For services to Leukaemia Research.

5. MBE: Thomas Baxter – Fundraiser, Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI. For services to Leukaemia Research.

6. MBE: Alice Jane Formby – Founding Trustee and Fundraiser, Princess Alice Hospice. For services to End of Life Care.

7. MBE: Elizabeth Caroline Johnson – Business Development Manager, Pure Energy Centre, Unst. For services to Renewable Energy and Charitable Fundraising in Shetland.

8. BEM; Jack Andow – Fundraiser, Royal Naval Association. For voluntary service to Royal Navy Veterans.

9. BEM: Michael Thomas Campbell. For services to Charitable Fundraising.

10. BEM: Elaine Mary Dixon – lately Day Nursery General Manager, University of Essex. For services to Higher Education and charitable fundraising.

11. BEM: Ashley Jayne Hall – Fundraiser and Volunteer, Rocklands Special School, Lichfield. For services to Education.

12. BEM: Maureen Raye Hume. For services to Charitable Fundraising and to the community in Northern Ireland.

13. BEM; Nicholas Roy martin – Co-founder and Fundraiser, Miracles To Believe In Charity, Leicestershire and Rutland. For services to Children and Families.

14. BEM; Mary Margaret Mitchell – Fundraising Volunteer and Divisional Vice-President, NSPCC NI. For services to Charitable Fundraising.

15. BEM; Sonia Helen Hutcheson Crawford Ritchie-Park – Volunteer and Fundraiser, Swan Lodge Lifehouse. For services to Homeless People in Sunderland.

Other fundraisers might well have been recognised for their work but cited using other terms such as ‘volunteering’.

Tip for prospect researchers

How can charities and prospect researchers find out if any of their staff, trustees, supporters or volunteers have been recognised with a New Year’s Honour? You could search through the official list, but it is in PDF. An easier solution is offered by the Guardian’s Data Blog: they make the data available in spreadsheet format.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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