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New Year's honour for Red Cross volunteer

31 December 2016

We are very proud to announce that Mrs Stella Cummings has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Stella, who has been volunteering with us since 1979, has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Stella, of Limavady, Derry-Londonderry, has held several roles with the British Red Cross, including as a member of the board of trustees from 2007 to 2013. She has also worked for the NHS across a number of services including mental health and residential care.

When she found out about her MBE, Stella said: "I am surprised and thrilled to be honoured in this way. I've thoroughly enjoyed all that I've done in almost 40 years of volunteering with the British Red Cross."

She added: "I've got as much from them as I've given. I have met many incredibly dedicated and inspiring individuals. This recognition is for all those who give their time to help people in crisis."

Stella's work in Northern Ireland

Stella has worked tirelessly to support the British Red Cross. Her achievements include securing 450,000 for a purpose-built headquarters in the north-west of Northern Ireland. She also developed the Lady McCorkell Award, named after the founder and first president of the Red Cross branch in Derry-Londonderry, Lady Aileen McCorkell OBE.

Our chief executive Mike Adamson said: "I am so delighted for Stella. She has a deep compassion for people in need of support and is always encouraging, supportive and dedicated. Stella has been a source of inspiration to our volunteers and staff across Northern Ireland and beyond.

"What better way to usher in 2017 than with this great honour? Congratulations Stella and thank you for all you have done to support people in crisis. We are all so very proud of you and everything you have achieved."

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