Anti-smoking campaigner wins MBE for bid to make cigs history

Andrea Crossfield MBE
Andrea Crossfield MBE

An anti-smoking campaigner from St Helens has been awarded the MBE for her work to help smokers kick the habit

Andrea Crossfield, the chief executive of Tobacco Free Futures, was saluted for her services to public health and tobacco control in the New Year Honours list.

The mother-of-two, 45, of Rainford, has led the social enterprise since it was formed as Smokefree North West in 2008 and was previously a key figure in the 2007 smokefree law.

She said: “It was a lovely surprise to receive recognition for the work we have done as a team. We have achieved a huge amount in recent years.

“Making smoking history for children is my passion and our award-winning campaigns and programmes have contributed to turning off the tap of new young smokers in the North West, almost halving smoking rates in 14-year-olds since 2009.

“I truly believe the next generation will be tobacco free.

“If the Government implements the will of Parliament, the public health community and the people and introduces standardised packaging regulations early in the New Year we will be one step closer to making this a reality.”

A volunteer who has provided longstanding service in St Helens was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Jean Mulford, chair of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, was recognised for her ongoing work in the voluntary sector - which dates back 25 years to when she became a volunteer with Homestart.

Jean, who was awarded honorary Freedom of the Borough in 2012, went on to work for UK volunteering and social action charity CVS and, when they became established, DASH (Disability Advice and Information St Helens) as well as the Coalition of Disabled People and Parr Hall Millennium Green.

Carole Hudson, the chief executive of St Helens Council, paid her own tribute.

She said: “This is a wonderful achievement and one that is truly deserved.

“Jean has been a longstanding volunteer in the borough of St Helens and a champion of the voluntary sector.”