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Stafford Hospital nurse made OBE in New Year Honours

Helene Donnelly is being made an OBE in the New Year Honours list Credit: ITV News Central

Helene Donnelly is being made an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her work to expose failings at Stafford Hospital.

She worked in the A&E department in the hospital and raised many complaints about the treatment of patients. She became a whistleblower and was an important witness to the inquiry in to Stafford Hospital.

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NHS campaigner Julie Bailey awarded CBE in New Year Honours

NHS campaigner Julie Bailey has dedicated her CBE to her late mother - whose death promoted a campaign to expose the neglect of patients at Stafford Hospital.

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.

Julie Bailey, founder of Cure the NHS Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ms Bailey has been awarded a CBE for her services to the care of older people in the New Year Honours List.

She said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this award as an important acknowledgement of our struggle for a better NHS. I am certain that my mum would be extremely proud of me and it is to her I dedicate not only this award but also our continuing struggle for a safer health service."

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Louis Smith's MBE is 'out of this world'

Louis Smith won Olympics silver in the men's pommel horse in August. Credit: PA

Olympic medallist-turned-Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith described his MBE as "without a doubt the proudest moment of my life".

The Peterborough gymnast was a member of Britain's surprise bronze medal success in the men's team competition at the London 2012 Olympics.

He also won silver on the pommel horse with one of the hardest routines in the world.

"To receive this honour is out of this world and something I never would have dreamt of as I grew up in the sport of gymnastics," said Smith, 23.

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