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Morecambe champion of cats receives British Empire Medal in King's Birthday Honours List

Eileen Evans (second right) at the opening of the Lancaster & Morecambe Cat Rescue Shop in 2022

A woman from Morecambe who helps find homes for stray, injured and unwanted cats has been recognised in the King's Birthday Honours List.

Eileen Evans from the Lancaster and Morecambe Cat Rescue charity was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the protection of cats in Lancashire.

Eileen, who has been working to help cats for around 20 years, is co-ordinator and trustee of the charity, which has a shop in Pedder Street in Morecambe.

She said that when she was told she'd received the honour she was "chuffed and shocked!"

"I couldn't do anything without all the volunteers and supporters that we have at Lancaster and Morecambe Cat Rescue who keep us going," she said.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Cat Rescue shop opened in Morecambe in 2022 and Eileen spoke to Beyond Radio then about the charity and their work.

Read more: INTERVIEW: Cat rescue charity opens new shop in Morecambe - Beyond Radio

Also honoured is Helen Gould from Lancaster (pictured below), co-founder of LPM Dance, who receives an MBE.

Helen is a dance artist, movement director, project manager and performer. LPM Dance provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the power of dance. She received her MBE for for charitable services to people with Parkinson's

Other local people to be recognised in the King's Birthday Honours List are:

Peter Vincent Dyer OBE, President, British Dental Association. For services to dentistry, to medicine and to the communities of Silverdale and Lancaster, Carnforth. 

Read moree: Academic awarded OBE for services to Lancaster and Silverdale  - Beyond Radio

Sarah Randall-Paley MBE, from Carnforth (pictured below), director of finance at Lancaster University, for services to higher education.

Sharon Jane Kemp OBE from Lancaster, chief executive, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to business and to the community in Rotherham. 

David Canning MBE, head, digital knowledge and information management, cabinet office, for services to innovation in knowledge and information management, Lancaster

Dennis Laird BEM from Barrow-in-Furness, for services to the community in Barrow-in-Furness

Victoria Jayne Moorby MBE, from Barrow-in-Furness, head of marketing, Oxley Group. For services to the defence and aerospace industry

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