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Berkshire mum and founder of support group recognised

Margaret Aldwin, 65, from Berkshire has been awarded an MBE as a founding member and Trustee, Ichthyosis Support Group for services to people with genetic disorders.

She set up the ISG in 1997 to provide support for sufferers of ichthyosis, a rare genetic condition, and their families.

She has a daughter with the condition and found that even health professionals often knew very little about the condition.

The isolation and ignorance she experienced over the next few years motivated her to set up, with her daughter Mandy, ISG. The support group achieved its charity status a year later.

The efforts she has put in have enabled greater understanding of the condition by health professionals, the general public and sufferers themselves.

Honours for those within Hampshire community

A select few across Hampshire have been granted MBEs, CBEs and BEMs as part of the New Year's honours by the Queen.

John Bonney - is Hampshire's chief fire officer and has been the past decade. He was awarded a CBE for his work in the fire service.

Bob Ratcliffe - is Hampshire's assistant chief fire officer who was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Jan Ward, from the New Forest, has been awarded a CBE for her work with the Hampshire business Corrotherm International in Totton.

Jillian Ghanouni, a founding member of a Southampton charity who works with those suffering from Leprosy, was awarded a MBE.

Jinty Williamson, from Chandler's Ford, has been given an MBE for her services to Girl Guiding in the area.

Trevor Richards, from Southampton, has been awarded a BEM for services to Biomedical Research and welfare of animals in research.

Keith Chapman, a Hampshire councillor, has been given an MBE for his services to arts and culture.

Jeanne Wilde, from New Forest, has been given a BEM for her services to her local community.

Amanda Chessell, from Southampton, received a CBE for her services to engineering as part of her work in developing computer software.

Eve Richardson, from the Isle of Wight, has been given an OBE for services to the Palliative Care charity for services to help others end their lives.

Steven Dexterm from Romsey, has been recognised with an MBE for his work improving water safety in the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

Margaret Marten has been given an MBE after the amount of dedication she has given to assisting Winchester prison visitor's cafe.

Sue Kirkham, from Lymington, has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

Amanda Tincknell, from Romsey-based charity Cranfield Trust, has been awarded a CBE for her contribution to charity services.

Peter Camp, from Gosport, was awarded a BEM for his services to the community in Alverstoke.

David Stone, from Romsey, was given a BEM for his services to horticultural heritage.

Valerie and Michael Andrews, from Hampshire County Council, are being given MBEs for their work fostering children.


Oxfordshire parish councillor, 88, awarded MBE

For over 53 years, Kenneth Norman Batley, 88, has been recognised for serving his community in the village of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.

He has been a member of Chalgrove Parish Council since 1957. He was Chair from 1985 to 1991 and since 1991 he has been Vice-Chair.

As Chair he was instrumental in the building of the new village hall, housing the playgroup and the Age Concern club.

He was awarded the MBE by the Queen for services to the community in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.

Since 1989 he has been a member and Chair of the Chalgrove Amateur Dramatic Society.

As a dedicated committee member and chair he has provided leadership and guidance. For a number of years he has been a trustee of Chalgrove Scouts and Age Concern.


Queen to visit HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth today

The Queen will be in Portsmouth, visiting HMS Lancaster Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire

The Queen will be in Portsmouth today visiting HMS Lancaster.

She will be meeting the crew onboard the Type 23 frigate, which has been part of the Portsmouth fleet since 1992.

The Queen is the ship's sponsor and takes an interest in her deeds around the globe.

Queen celebrates turning 88 at Windsor Castle

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey CBE released to mark her 88th birthday Credit: David Bailey / PA Wire

The Queen will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle today.

A traditional 41 gun salute will be fired in Green Park, London by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday.

An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 gun salute from the Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.

To mark her 88th birthday, a portrait by British photographer David Bailey has been released.

The picture was taken in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government's GREAT Britain campaign.

The Queen has two birthdays, her actual one is today whilst her official one is in June.

Her birthday in June is celebrated with the Trooping the colour parade.

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