New Year MBE for philanthropist Rose Lancaster

Rose Lancaster MBE
Rose Lancaster MBE

Rose Lancaster, the wife of one of Clitheroe’s greatest benefactors, John Lancaster, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The honour is in recognition for the charity work of the Lancaster Foundation, who have raised millions of pounds to help disadvantaged and suffering people at home and in Africa.

I’m a great royalist and I love the Queen so I’m really delighted

Rose Lancaster

It means a double honour for the Ribble Valley family who own the town’s Grand Theatre.

Her husband John landed the MBE in 2011 after he founded and built the first children’s AIDS orphanage in South Africa.

Rose, who will visit Buckingham Palace to receive her gong later this year, said: “This is an incredible honour – but it is not for me – this is for my family.

“I’m a great royalist and I love the Queen so I’m really delighted.”

Rose, who is a trustee of the Lancaster Foundation, added: “Somebody said to me they had never heard of a man and wife both receiving an MBE, and I’m not sure it has ever happened before.

“Many years ago though, as a child, I had this dream about helping others and I’m very proud that our charities’ work has brought great hope to so many.”