New Year honour for residents

OBE medal
OBE medal

A number of people in the region have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

These include:

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL: MRS SAMANTHA BARLOW, 49, COTTINGHAM, EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE

Founder, Fitmums and Friends. For services to Fitness in East Yorkshire.

As the founder of Fitmums & Friends (F&F) she has helped hundreds of adults and children to take up running and walking while having fun. F&F came into being quite unintentionally in 2009 when five mums responded to an invite in school book-bags to meet her for a run. She had no idea on that first run what was to come, but within two years the five mums on her doorstep turned into more than 200 runners. From this she started a walking group followed by a buggy burn session (a walking workout for parents with a child in a buggy).

Another development was the set-up of run and walk sessions with childcare, enabling mums and dads to access a run or walk and for their children to enjoy some playtime with other children. Club affiliation to England Athletics was an exciting step and the F&F journey carried on - with the development of a scheme to support women with post-natal depression and a junior section for children aged 6+.

By 2011 the demand for more F&F groups meant the next natural step was to create the means of helping other F&F groups set up and so she formed Fitmums & Friends Ltd, a not for profit, social enterprise supporting the development of F&F groups in other communities. By 2013 there were an additional three F&F groups across Hull and East Yorkshire.

By 2015 F&F had developed an inter-generational choir, a cycle squad, 10 to teens athletics sessions and the first F&F group in South Yorkshire.

Today F&F has over 400 members including dads, grandparents and friends as well as mums and 68 volunteers have trained to be run leaders and athletics coaches. She was also successful in securing funding from Comic Relief to develop specific support for mums with post-natal depression.

MBE: MR MERVYN JOHN BISHOP, 68, HULL

For services to Victim Support and to Young People in East and North Yorkshire.

For more than 22 years, he has served various organisations dealing with victim support both through his job and in a voluntary capacity. He has also served charities that have supported young people in the East and North Yorkshire regions.

Between 1994 and 2000 he was a Police Representative on the Hull Victim Support Board. After his retirement, from 2000 to 2002 he stayed a member of the Board as a Trustee in a voluntary capacity. Since 2003 he has been Chief Executive for Victim Support Humber and later became its Divisional Manager for Humber and North Yorkshire. Since 1999 he has been the Director and a volunteer for the Board of the Be Your Best Foundation Charity.

From 2006 to 2009 he was Chair of the Foundation. He travels the length of the country attending board meetings and Rock Challenge events giving up a high amount of his personal time to the charity. In 1996, he formed the Rock Challenge for young people, allowing them to perform on stage at Rock Challenge events. In total, 25,000 young people each year experience the Rock Challenge and this has diverted many of them from a life of crime. The Rock Challenge has greatly benefitted many young participants, giving them improved self-esteem and reduced anti-social behaviour in schools.

OBE: MS SALLY ELIZABETH COOKE, BRIDLINGTON

For services to Further Education Accessibility and Inclusion