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Suffolk Ebola survivor among people in county honoured in Queen's Birthday list

Will Pooley, MBE Photo: PA stills

A nurse who recovered from Ebola and went back to Africa to help others is among those honoured by the Queen in her birthday list.

Mr Pooley, who's 30, from Eyke, contracted the deadly virus six weeks after he began working with Ebola patients in west Africa and was airlifted back to the UK for treatment in August last year.

After making a full recovery, Mr Pooley went back to Sierra Leone in October. He helped other patients in west Africa who were hit by an epidemic which rapidly became the deadliest outbreak of the disease since its discovery in 1976.

A woman who's given her time to help young people find jobs and promote Suffolk as a great place to do business is another of the people in the county recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sarah Howard, from Sturmer, is made an MBE for giving her time on a voluntary basis as Chair of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and now as President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

She's worked to help young people find jobs in Haverhill, by winning investment for the town and creating 50 new apprenticeships.

Sarah Howard, MBE Credit: Sarah Howard

There's an OBE for Ellie Lindsay, a former district nurse in Suffolk, whose pioneering work to help leg ulcer patients has been spread across the country.

She set up a network of clinics to help patients called Leg Clubs, which encourage people to become involved in their own treatment.

The first Leg Club was established in 1995 in Debenham, Suffolk. There are now 14 Leg Clubs in the UK, with a further four being established and others planned.

Here's a list of all the people honoured in Suffolk.


Clare Matterson. Director of Strategy, Wellcome Trust. For services to Public Engagement with Science. (Brundish, Suffolk)


Ellie Lindsay. Founder, Lindsay Leg Club. For services to Nursing. (Stowmarket, Suffolk)


Bernadette Holmes. Teacher and Modern Languages Education Advocate. For services to Education. (Ipswich, Suffolk)

Sarah Howard. For services to the community in Haverhill. (Sturmer, Suffolk)

Will Pooley. Nurse. For services to combating Ebola inAfrica.


Elizabeth Barrett. For voluntary service to Public Rights of Way Network in East Anglia. (Stowmarket, Suffolk)

Ernest Broom. For services to the community in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk)

Alice Evans. For services to the West Suffolk Group of Riding for the Disabled and to the community in Barrow, Suffolk. (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk)

Jane Gurney. For services to Adults with Learning and Physical Difficulties through the Target Club in Stowmarket, Suffolk. (Stowmarket, Suffolk)

Mavin Shulver. For services to the community in Bungay, Suffolk. (Bungay, Suffolk)

Veronica Stuart. Volunteer, Melford Hall, Suffolk. For services to Heritage. (Suffolk)

Dr Janet Tait. For voluntary and charitable services to the community in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and through Save the Children. (Aldeburgh, Suffolk)

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