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Two people from Lincoln and an advisor from Spalding were among those named to the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
People from across the country were honored for various accomplishments, including their contribution to the response to COVID-19.
Steve Coupe and Steph Douglas of Lincoln, and Councilor Angela Porter of Spalding, all received an MBE.
Steve Coupé – MBE
Steve Coupe, 72, who lives in Lincoln, received an MBE for his services in charitable fundraising and volunteer work.
Steve served in the Royal Air Force for over 40 years, most notably as a training section sergeant for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment at RAF Waddington. He also held a position with a reserve squadron at RAF Waddington between 1994 and 2009.
Steve, who was born in Essex and has lived in Lincoln since 1985, has raised over £ 80,000 for charity through numerous individual and team endurance events.
He started his fundraising in Germany in the 1970s and has raised funds in places such as Kuwait, as well as all over England, including Lincoln. This included around 30 marathons, a trek in Nepal, a freedom trail from France to Spain and a tandem parachute jump.
He has raised funds for charities and organizations such as Cancer Research, Royal British Legion, Children’s Ward of Lincoln County Hospital, St Barnabas, The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Children with Leukemia, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Ethan Maull Foundation .
Asked about the award of an MBE, Steve said Lincolnite: ” It is an honor. Someone spoke about my appointment in 2019 and I didn’t think about it at the time and was surprised to receive the email recently, I’m proud of it. I won’t be celebrating right away for health reasons. “
“I wanted to put my body on the line for charity and I just got in there and I did, but it’s the people who sponsored me who also deserve the thanks.”
Steve was also previously employed as a Housing Officer for the Department of Defense looking after families living in the Families Accommodation Service in the Lincolnshire region.
The case work he still does for the Royal British Legion sees him visiting veterans, assessing their needs and making recommendations to help them improve their standard of living.
He has supported more than 100 beneficiaries, from doing chores in his spare time, helping with the delivery of furniture and paintings for unhealthy veterans, or helping with problems. financial. He was also heavily involved in the National Health Walks program as a volunteer walker for Lincoln City Council.
Steph Douglas, 63, born in Cleethorpes and living in Lincoln, received an MBE for educational services.
Steph has dedicated his life to improving outcomes for children under five and their families. She is currently Head of the Early Years Department at Doncaster Borough Council.
She worked in education for over 40 years, starting as a teacher at Frances Olive Anderson Elementary School in Lea near Gainsborough in the 1980s. She also worked at Leasingham Elementary School and School All Saints Primary in North Hykeham.
She then became Deputy Headmistress at Washingborough Primary School before spending 10 years as Principal at Sturton By Stow Primary School until 2001. She moved to work for Lincolnshire County Council as Head of early childhood service, where she remained until 2014 before moving to the borough of Doncaster Conseil.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Steph has shown great leadership and support to the early childhood sector, as well as to his colleagues, to ensure that essential services remain open to support children in the early years. key workers and vulnerable children.
Steph said Lincolnite that she felt overwhelmed with emotion after learning about her award.
She said: “I didn’t know until the Cabinet Office emailed me. I’m quite upset and delighted to have been nominated.
“The work that I have always done in early childhood has been my passion since I started teaching and it is nice to be recognized for this work.
“My passion is to make a difference for young children. I think the sooner you intervene with families in need, the more successful children will be when they become adults. It’s a wonderful job and working with young children is the most rewarding thing in the world.
Steph is also part of the South Yorkshire Futures stakeholder group, a regional partnership led by the University of Sheffield Hallam and focused on improving social mobility for all children and young people in the region. She was also instrumental in securing funding for the Early Years Outcome Project with a focus on improving speech and language pathways and outcomes.
Angela Porter, 75, is from Spalding and received an MBE for her volunteer services in Lincolnshire. She uses her maiden name of Newton in her professional capacity as a counselor for Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council.
Angela is Independent Group Leader at South Holland District Council. She has been on the board for 48 years, representing the greater Monkshouse area, and also served as chair for two years. She also previously ran a real estate agent business called AP Sales with her husband Alan, whom she has been with for over 30 years and married in 2014.
She represented Spalding West Ward for Lincolnshire County Council between 1981 and 1993 and ran again in 2013, when she was re-elected.
His volunteer work is now recognized with a prestigious honor from the Queen. Angela is the President of the South Holland Parish Voluntary Car Service, which provides transportation for people to hospitals, doctors’ offices, dentists, etc. It has a team of 60 people who have helped more than 10,600 passengers traveling 185,000 miles each year.
As President of the Johnson Hospital League of Friends, Angela led the funding for a new hospital for the district which opened in 2010 and she is also now President of the Johnson Hospital League of Friends. She is also the Husband Administrator for the Town of Spalding. , an organization that organizes events for local residents.
She helps Spalding in Bloom and manages a team of volunteers each year to persuade downtown stores to hang plant baskets, as well as organize clean places in the community to gather Boy Scouts, Cubs and Brownies. .
Asked about the award of an MBE, Angela said Lincolnite: “I am absolutely delighted and delighted and I feel honored.
“I campaigned and presented various suggestions to Martin Hill (Head of Lincolnshire County Council) and the review committee, which helped divert the relief route and prevent several houses from falling. be demolished in 2019. Someone at the time talked about my nomination for the award and I didn’t think about it anymore.
“I received a phone call in May (from the Cabinet Office) and it took me by surprise. I am very proud and have been a District Councilor since 1973, and the only elected member at the time still on the Council.
“I love helping people and the challenges we face quite often and want to continue to be a part of both boards.”