Ordinary Londoners doing extraordinary work honoured in New Year's list

Marie Handson. Credit: Press Association.

The vast majority of people awarded in the New Year's Honours list are ordinary people making an extraordinary impact through their community and charity work.

Behind the headlines of the sports stars, celebrities and businessmen honoured, 76% of those awarded BEMs, MBEs and OBEs are community and charity workers being rewarded for their tireless work helping to improve the lives of others.

Carmel McConnell MBE

Carmel is the founder of Magic Breakfasts, a charity that provides free, nutrious breakfasts to schools were more than 35% of children are eligible for free meals.

The charity feeds more than 23,500 children each morning - but they have a huge number of schools requesting urgent food aid. Carmel says she hopes her MBE will raise awareness of the crisis of childhood hunger in the UK.

Noushabeh Pakpour-Samari BEM

Noushabeh, 83, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BME) for services to the community in Ealing. In 1990 she set up the Ladies Creative Centre (LCC), a charity which has been focused on women within the local community, promoting diversity, inclusion and empowerment as well as offering classes such as English Language, Needlecraft, Cookery, Hair and Beauty, Arts and Crafts.

Marie Hanson MBE

Marie Hanson has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to young people and survivors of abuse in Battersea and Wandsorth.

Ms Hanson was keen to stress that the MBE is a result of the work of her organisation and the support of her family. She told ITV News she will use her award to continue her work honouring and supporting women and young people to overcome domestic violence and realise their full potential.

Lucy Watts MBE

Lucy Watts, 22, was honoured for her services to young people with disabilities. She works with a number of children's charities advocating for young people with disabilities and life limiting conditions, raising awareness for needs of young people who require end of life care.

Lucy has a rare condition that means her collagen does not function properly, which afflicts her major organs. She needs 24 hour care, and works to raise awareness of the lack of provision for young adults in a similar position.

Gurdev Singh Rayat BEM

Gurdev, 76, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Greenwich. He established a place of worship for the Sikh community, and led campaigns against racism and discrimination and has been involved in promoting community cohesion and better race relations. His positive leadership has enabled the borough to develop a range of projects that promote better community relations.

Michael Pusey MBE

Michael has been awarded an MBE for services to youth sport in south London. Michael set up the Peckham BMX Club in 2003 and has trained young people from the area who have went on to become national, European and world champions.