Honours for campaigners and Paralympic stars

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Campaigners and sports stars are among the disabled people recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The disability rights and equalities consultant Ann Macfarlane, who has a long-standing involvement with the disabled people’s movement and is a board member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people.
Penny Melville-Brown, director of the diversity consultancy Disability Dynamics, received an OBE for services to disabled and disadvantaged people.
And Elaine Noad, chair of the disability employment advisory committee, a member of the Parole Board for Scotland and a former senior social work manager, was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people in Scotland.
Mike Brace, former chairman of ParalympicsGB, received a CBE for services to disabled sport. He also represented Great Britain at cross-country skiing at six Paralympics.
The former BBC sports commentator Alastair Hignell received a CBE for services to sport and charity. Hignell, who has multiple sclerosis and is patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre, played rugby for England and first-class cricket, before a career as a rugby commentator.
Wheelchair tennis champion Peter Norfolk, a double Paralympic gold medal-winner, was awarded an OBE for services to disabled sport.
Jim Anderson, who has won six Paralympic gold medals, received an OBE for services to swimming, while fellow Paralympic swimming gold medallist Nyree Lewis received an MBE for services to disability sport.
And Susan Gilroy, a three-time Paralympian, was awarded an MBE for services to disabled and non-disabled table-tennis and sport for young people.
Meanwhile, Sian Vasey, a veteran disability rights campaigner, received her OBE from Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in June.
Vasey, director of Ealing Centre for Independent Living (ECIL) in west London, said the award reflected well on the work the organisation was doing for disabled people in Ealing. The OBE was awarded to her in January’s new year’s honours list.
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