Welsh names on New Year's Honours list

Actress Ruth Jones, singer Katherine Jenkins and Assembly presiding officer Rosemary Butler AM are among those named in the New Year's Honours list.

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Charity founder 'astounded' at receiving empire medal

Tina Selby, from Penarth, started the charity, Hats4Heroes, in 2010. Mrs Selby and her husband were putting together 'morale boosting' boxes, when she saw a documentary about how cold it was in Afghanistan and decided to send some hats.

Three years on, the charity has sent more than 13,000 hats to troops serving abroad.

Mrs Selby told ITV News she was "astounded" to receive the British Empire Medal for voluntary services to the Armed Forces in Afghanistan. She said it wasn't just for her, but for everyone involved in the charity.

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Welsh names feature in New Year's Honours list

Actress Ruth Jones, singer Katherine Jenkins and Assembly presiding officer Rosemary Butler AM are among the Welsh names in the New Year's Honours list.

Actress Ruth Jones has been awarded an MBE for services to enter Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Gavin and Stacey star Jones described her MBE for services to entertainment as a "massive compliment." The 47 year old said: "This isn't just tidy, it's proper tidy. I had no idea it was coming.

"I just came home one night, opened the post and there it was: this letter telling me I was being put forward for it and being really strict about not telling anyone. And I'm quite obedient. So I didn't. Except my husband who's really proud. And my dad, who's beside himself with excitement."

Katherine Jenkins released her debut album in 2004 Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Neath-born mezzo soprano Jenkins is awarded an OBE for her contribution for music and services to charity. The 33 year old has released 10 albums since recording her debut in 2004 and raised more than £25,000 for a cancer charity by running the London Marathon earlier this year.

She said: "I am incredibly humbled to receive this great honour. To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity comes as a wonderful surprise."

Rosemary Butler has dedicated 40 years to public service and encouraging more women into public life Credit: ITV News/Lynn Courtney

Rosemary Butler AM for Newport West and National Assembly presiding officer has been made a Dame for political and public services to women and democracy.

She said: "I'm thrilled, but also stunned and humbled. This isn't just my work and I want to thank all the people I have worked alongside for many years. I am passionate about encouraging more women into public life and i've worked with some incredible people who share this passion.