The 2014 New Year honours list features Clitheroe’s own charity stalwart Bill Honeywell.
The British Empire Medal is awarded for “achievement or contribution of a ‘hands-on’ service to a community at a very local level” and recognises the Ribble Valley estate agent’s considerable efforts in raising many thousands of pounds from various challenges, including a 4,500 mile cycle around the British coastline, for which he raised over £31,000, and a more recent abseil from Blackpool’s Big One rollercoaster earlier this year. It has also been given in recognition of his wider contribution to the community.
Bill (61) commented: “It’s been a wonderful surprise and it’s very humbling to know that someone who thinks I’m deserving of this honour has put me forward for it.”
Since beating cancer in 1999, Bill has raised in excess of £50,000 for cancer charities, also fundraising for causes connected to the Round Table and the Rotary Club, of which he is currently serving as president of the Clitheroe branch.
Published since the foundation of the Order of the British Empire in 1917, this year’s list sees nearly half of the honours coming from the community, voluntary and local services categories.