City people rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Doreen Adcock winner of BBC Sports Personality award for unsung hero
Doreen Adcock winner of BBC Sports Personality award for unsung hero

A woman who has taught thousands of people to swim across four generations has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Doreen Adcock, who won the Sports Unsung Hero award at the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, was awarded the BEM for services to swimming.

Maureen Pruskin, a volunteer fundraiser for Milton Keynes Hospital, was also awarded the BEM, as was Vivienne Hammer for her services to the Bomber Command Association and Youth Club Leader, Lawrence Chapman, for services to young people in Castlethorpe.

Paula Suchy was awarded the MBE for voluntary service to visually impaired people and Simon Greenish, former Bletchley Park Trust director, was given the same honour for services to English Heritage.

Christian Horner, boss of Milton Keynes based Red Bull Racing, was made an OBE.

William Swann, former director for students at The Open University also received an MBE for services to higher education.

Mr Swann, who retired from the OU in December last year after more than 35 years with the university, becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education.

Speaking about the honour, he said: “I am honoured and delighted by the award. In the eight years I was Director, Students at the OU, my role was to make it possible for our inspiring OU staff to do their best for hundreds of thousands of students, and so to offer them opportunities that would otherwise be denied to them. It was a joy to be able to do that.”

Martin Bean, Open University Vice-Chancellor, said: “Will is an exceptional individual who made an outstanding contribution to The Open University and its students during his 35 years with us.

“As both a friend and a colleague, I am delighted that he has been recognised with this richly deserved honour.”