A St Helens woman who launched a charity to help fund memorable experiences for people with life-limiting illnesses has been named in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Lynn Duffy, who set up the Honeyrose Foundation ten years ago, was made an MBE for her services for charity.
Also honoured was St Helens’ Elaine Inglesby-Burke, who serves as executive nurse director and deputy chief executive for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Ingleslby-Burke was awarded a CBE.
Nationally, actor Benedict Cumberbatch and singer Van Morrison were honoured while in the world of sport cricketer James Anderson, boxer Carl Froch and rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson were honoured.
Recipients who are named on the list find out weeks in advance, but are urged to keep it confidential along with Cabinet officials until the announcement.
Dame Esther Rantzen described the leaks as like ruining a Christmas present.
The Childline founder and TV presenter, whose own gong in the New Year Honours emerged publicly beforehand, said she suspected whoever was revealing the information was “doing it for money”.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, she said: “I think it is mean - it is like opening a Christmas present before Christmas Day. It is like giving away the end of The Mousetrap. We could all do that,” she said.
“There is someone in the mysterious smoke-filled rooms who is looking at the list.
“I think whoever is doing it, I am sure they are doing it for money, and I think they are being paid quite a lot, because Lenny Henry, a big name, and big articles and front page and all that.
“But I wish they wouldn’t because it is taking candy from a baby. The nation like the surprise package.”