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Norfolk's achievers honoured in Queen's Birthday list

Helen Dolphin: the leading disability campaigner is to be made an MBE Photo: Helen Dolphin/Twitter

A woman who has fought for the rights of disabled people on the road is among those honoured in the Queen's Birthday List.

Helen Dolphin is currently the Policy and Campaigns director of Disabled Motoring UK, where she works to improve access and mobility for around 15,000 Blue Badge holders.

She advises members on their rights and works with local councils on how best to operate the scheme. She also writes in the monthly magazine Disabled Motoring UK, offering advice and covering a range of associated issues such as accessible holidays, vehicle reviews and mobility aids.

Helen is disabled herself, having lost part of her limbs after suffering meningitis.

She swims for six hours a week and is part of the East Anglian Swallowtails in Norfolk where she has won gold medals. In 2011 she also won four gold medals at the championship in Sheffield and was only 15 seconds away from qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She is also a mentor and councillor for the Meningitis Trust.

Helen Hoyte, MBE Credit: ITV Anglia

Also recognised is textile historian Helen Hoyte, an expert on the distinctive shawls produced in Norwich during the 18th and 19th centuries.

A former textiles designer and teacher, she's spent years researching the shawls and is skilled in identifying them. She lectures widely to bring their unique beauty to a wider audience.

She's also organised an exhibition about the shawls at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Her work has not only enhanced Britain’s reputation as a centre for textile design and manufacture, she has also contributed to public enjoyment of these beautiful textiles as a volunteer in the costume and textile study rooms in the Norwich Castle Study Centre.

A Norwich shawl Credit: ITV Anglia
Robert Gillmor, MBE Credit: Andy Mabbett

There's also an MBE for wildlife artist Robert Gillmor, who lives at Cley in North Norfolk. Robert's a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and his work has included line-drawing, watercolour, lino-cuts and silk screen. Since his first book in 1958, his work has since appeared in over 100 books.

Here's the full list of Norfolk people honoured by the Queen:


Graham Robeson. Eastern Treasurer, Conservative Party. For Voluntary political service. (Norwich, Norfolk)


Paul Anthony Arnill. For services to Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue and to the community in Tilney, Norfolk.

Patricia Bell. Lately Regional Manager, Immigration and Enforcement, Home Office. For services to Border Safety. (Norfolk)

Benjamin Colson. Lately Bus Operator, Norfolk Green. For services to the Economy and the community in Norfolk. (King's Lynn, Norfolk)

Valerie Dodsworth. For services to Homeless People and to the community in Norwich. (Dereham, Norfolk)

Helen Dolphin. For services to People with Disabilities, particularly through Disabled Motoring UK. (Norwich, Norfolk)

Robert Gillmor. For services to Wildlife Art. (Holt, Norfolk)

Helen Hoyte. Historian on Norwich Shawls. For services to Textile Heritage.


Jacquelyn, Carmichael. Preschool Manageress, Robertson Barracks. For services to Service Families. (Dereham, Norfolk)

Edna Woolsey. For services to the community in Stalham, Norfolk. (Norwich, Norfolk)

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