Elvis chaplain, stabbed PC and sport stars among New Year Honours

An Elvis impersonator who has raised £250,000 for charity, a police officer stabbed in the line of duty and Welsh sport stars are among those recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours.


Rev Wynne Roberts from Anglesey received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for charitable services after raising £250,000 since beginning an Elvis tribute act six years ago.

The chaplain manager for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board first tried on his blue suede shoes to perform as the King when his late mother was in a nursing home with dementia.

He now performs up to 100 shows a year to raise money for various charities, as well as continuing to sing for people in care homes.

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Detective Constable Graham Budd was honoured with an MBE for services to community policing in Cardiff.

The police officer was stabbed during a drugs raid in 2017 but is back in work serving the community.

Rhian Manning's husband, Paul, took his own life five days after their baby son George died suddenly. Credit: Rhian Mannings

A woman who lost her baby son and husband within days of each other has said she would return her MBE "in a heartbeart" if it would bring them back.

Rhian Mannings's one-year-old son George died on February 22 2012 after he suffered a seizure at home. It was later discovered he had been suffering from pneumonia and Type A influenza.

Her husband Paul Burke, 33, took his own life five days later while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Ms Mannings, who set up charity 2 Wish Upon A Star to help other bereaved families, said she is proud to be made an MBE in the New Year Honours but the recognition was "bitter sweet".

"I am so proud to have been given this honour.

"However, every recognition I get is bitter sweet. I would send it back in a heartbeat if I could bring back my boys and change the past," she said.

"When I established 2 Wish I never thought it would become what it has today.

"Paul and George should be here today but instead I am determined to make sure their memory lives on in the work of our charity."

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Angela Hughes was awarded an OBE for her work with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.

Angela helped established Wales Air Ambulance as an all-Wales charity. It now has four helicopters based across Wales, and has more than 110 staff and 650 volunteers.

Now Chief Executive, Angela has helped the charity raise over £100m.

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Double Olympian Jade Jones saw her MBE upgraded to an OBE for her services to Taekwondo and Sport.

The Flint 26-year-old was initially awarded an OBE after winning her first Olympic title at the age of 18.

Jones added an elusive world title gold to her medal haul in May 2019, after previously picking up a silver and bronze medals at the championships

Welsh international footballer Loren Dykes receives an MBE for services to women's football in Wales.

Earlier this year the full-back became just the second woman to amass over 100 international caps for Wales.

Holocaust survivor Renate Collins was given an BEM for her work in educating young people.

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart praised Renate's "commitment to ensuring people in Wales are educated about the horrors of the Holocaust."

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Former Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has been appointed CBE.