Diabetes campaigner Jenny Hirst from Northampton has been awarded an MBE for her 10-year battle on behalf of patients. Jenny, co-chair and co-founder of the charity InDependent Diabetes Trust, campaigned for people to be allowed to continue using animal insulin instead of genetically engineered insulin, which caused adverse reactions to thousands of people with the condition. The 71-year-old, of East Park Parade, has worked tirelessly for people with diabetes since

her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago, first as a trustee for

the British Diabetic Association (now Diabetes UK) and then for IDDT.

Words can hardly describe how honoured I am to be recognised in this way. I never thought that an ordinary person like me, who has just been helping people with diabetes, would be recognised in this way.”

A canal volunteer is also among those awarded honours in Northamptonshire to mark the Queen's Birthday. David Blagrove is made an MBE. He's chairman of the The Friends of The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruene.

Here's the full list of honours for Northamptonshire.


Roger John Bowring MORRIS Chair of Governors, NorthamptonCollege and Chair, Association of Colleges Governors' Council. For services to FurtherEducation. (Towcester, Northamptonshire)

Paul SOUTHWORTH For services to Business, Arts and the communityin Northamptonshire. (Kislingbury, Northamptonshire)


David Richard BLAGROVE. Volunteer. For services toRestoration of the UK Waterways. (StokeBruerne, Northamptonshire)

Jennifer Mary Dixon HIRST. Founder, InDependent DiabetesTrust. For services to People with Diabetes. (Northamptonshire)

Diana PATRICK. Nurse and Fundraiser, Cransley Hospice, Northamptonshire.For services to Healthcare. (Kettering, Northamptonshire)

Perdita SAWBRIDGE Foster Carer, Northamptonshire County Council.For service to Children and Families. (Aynho, Northamptonshire)

Ronald SAWBRIDGE Foster Carer, Northamptonshire County Council.For services to Children and Families. (Aynho, Northamptonshire)

(Philip) David Joseph WILLIAMS, JP For services to the community and to charity in Northamptonshire. (East Haddon, Northamptonshire.)

Jenny Hirst Credit: Jenny Hirst