These are the people living in Northamptonshire who have been named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.
MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE)
Martin Edward Cahill. For services to the community in Earls Barton Northamptonshire. (Northamptonshire)
Mrs Neelam Aggarwal-Singh. For services to Community Cohesion, Health and Welfare through the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation. (Northamptonshire)
*Neelam Aggarwal-Singh, 53, has been awarded the MBE for services to Community Cohesion, Health and Welfare through the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation *
Mrs Neelam Aggarwal-Singh is a well known and highly respected member of Northampton’s community, widely recognised for herwork in supporting the town’s diverse communities to understand each other, integrate and celebrate together.She came to Northampton in 1981 from North India, with no spoken English.
She became involved involuntary work, initially through the Northampton Volunteering Centre. She helped to set up a kitchen fordisabled people, with the profits going to help disabled projects. She also got involved with creating asuccessful multi-cultural library, which she then worked for. Through this job, she highlighted the differentcommunities of Northampton through their celebrations - including Christmas so that other communities shouldunderstand why this festival is celebrated.
She supported a range of events for Jewish, Christian and Afro-Caribbean communities, including the common thread of harvest festival celebrated by Jews, Christians andSikhs. She has also been actively involved in local health issues. She was a co-founder of the Indian HinduWelfare Organisation, which she helped to set up in 1996.
Martin Cahill, 70, from Northampton has been awarded the MBE for services to the community in Earls Barton.
For over 52 years he has served his community in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. In 1996, he became on ofthe first volunteers to offer his services to the partnership between the British Red Cross andNorthamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. He still undertakes this role today, responding to a pager at anytime of day and travelling around the county to give advice and be on hand to help those in need.
He has alsobeen an avid promoter of fire safety and has been part of many safety campaigns over the years to reducefires in the home. He also works in partnership with the Police to provide and fit free smoke detectors in homesthat are at most risk. Since the mid 1960s he has been a regular volunteer at Earls Barton Baptist Youth Club.
Here, he has been a godsend in organising both activities and transport. He has also been a member of EarlsBarton Parish Council since 1991 and for a number of years has been a Borough Councillor for the BoroughCouncil of Wellingborough.