Royal seal of approval for Flintshire women

Published date: 31 December 2013 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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CHARITY workers and a former college principal have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Margaret Williams of Flint, Mair Williams of Treuddyn, Pamela Millington of Mold and Sara Mogel of Caerwys have been lauded for their achievements.

Margaret Williams, 64, has received an MBE for her charitable services to disadvantaged children in North Wales.

She founded North Wales Superkids in 1999 to provide opportunities for children in difficult circumstances.

Initially serving Denbighshire, the project now provides help to children all over North Wales and was serving over 1,400 children by Christmas 2012.

In 2002, Superkids was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award and in 2008, Mrs Williams was hailed Citizen of the Year.

Despite racking up a number of awards, this latest honour left her dumbfounded.

She said: “I was gobsmacked when I heard. It’s hard to put in to words really.

“I’m me and I just do what I do and I’m just normal. It’s all a bit overwhelming.

“When I got the letter, I truly didn’t believe it was happening. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Mrs Williams added she wouldn’t have been recognised if she hadn’t received the support of her family.

“I couldn’t do this without my husband Geoff or my daughter Becky.

“My husband helps out making tea for us when the house is turned upside down and me and my daughter make a great team.

“The thanks we get is seeing the difference we’re making for the children.”

Treuddyn resident Mair Williams, 73, has been bestowed with the British Empire Medal for her charitable services to cancer research and for voluntary service to the community in Flintshire.

Mrs Williams has been a member of the Treuddyn and Leeswood Cancer Research Committee for over 20 years, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

She helps organise events raising over £5,000 on each occasion.

The local charity and fundraising events that she has been the centre of have contributed well over £100,000 to their umbrella group, Cancer Research UK.

She is also secretary of Cymau Choir, the Hafan Deg older persons committee and Treuddyn’s St Mary’s Parochial Church Council.

Upon receiving the honour, Mrs Williams said: “I’m very honoured to receive this but it is on behalf of those who work with me.

“I think the citation is for my work with lots of groups but the 16 people who work alongside me on the cancer committee work incredibly hard.”

Mrs Williams said her work was all part of her life living in the village she loves.

“I think part of my work is village life. I was born here and I have always been involved with things here.

“These organisations are things I’ve been involved with all my life.”

Mrs Millington, 79, of Mold has also received a British Empire Medal for voluntary services to the Mold Hospital League of Friends and to the community in Mold.

She has been part of the hospital’s League of Friends for 46 years and played a role in the group’s recent x-ray appeal that raised £200,000 for new equipment.

Mrs Millington also helps to raise money for Nightingale House Hospice and various charities by getting out and about with collection boxes as often as she can.

On receiving the award, Mrs Millington said: “I was astonished really. I couldn’t believe I deserved it really.

“I didn’t think anything like this would come my way. I’ve enjoyed every minute of everything I’ve done.

“I’ve done quite a lot to try and help to raise money and I fully intend to continue, I really enjoy it.”

Mrs Mogel, 59, of Caerwys has been made an OBE for services to vocational education.

She spent 13 years as the principal of West Cheshire College after taking up the role in 2000 and retiring in the spring of 2013.

When she took over at the college, it was suffering with property, financial and quality issues.

On her retirement, the college had become a respected vocational specialist facility.
Prior to joining the college, Mrs Mogel was an inspector and then senior inspector for the Further Education Funding Council for England.

She described herself as being “lucky” to be supported by her fellow staff at the college.

She said: “When I started out to deliver vocational learning, which aimed to make students employable and work-ready, this was an unusual thing.

“I was lucky to be surrounded by talented people at West Cheshire College who were able to bring about this revolution in learning.

Mrs Mogel added the award had come as a shock.

“I’m surprised. I guess this just came out of the blue. I’m delighted there has been an acknowledgement for vocational education, I’m really pleased,” she said.

The Secretary of State for Wales, MP David Jones, saluted all the recipients.

He said: “I'm delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to everyone who has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

“These honours recognise only those that have given their utmost and enriched the lives of those around them, with little thought to recompense or reward.

“We can all take pride in the many and varied achievements of the successful nominees, whose achievements we rightly celebrate today. Congratulations to you all.”

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