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Older people’s champion David Hogarth on Queen’s Birthday honours list

Other Westminster residents include parking appeals chief, baker and jeweller

23 June, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

St John’s Wood resident has run volunteer befriender service for 14 years 

AN older people’s champion, a baker, a jeweller and a parking appeals chief have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

David Hogarth, who lives in St John’s Wood, has campaigned for several years and is the chairman of Westminster Older People’s Action.

He has won a BEM – as a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire “for services to elderly people”.

Mr Hogarth said he had been surprised to receive the award, adding: “I didn’t know anybody was writing in about me at all. But I think it arises out of what I’ve been doing since around 1997. I’ve been running the Neighbourcare St John’s Wood and Maida Vale, which is a service for the befriending of older people, taking them on outings and such.

“I think it will have come from the people, the volunteers, that I got to know doing that.”

Other borough residents honoured included writer and West End screen writer and director Amma Asante, who received an OBE for services to film. Tarek Malouf, from the Hummingbird Bakery in Wardour Street, Soho, received an MBE for services to baking and confectionery.

Elizabeth Gage, a Belgravia designer whose work is held in the permanent collection of the V&A, was awarded an MBE for services to jewellery.

Caroline Sheppard, chief adjudicator at the traffic penalty tribunal Adjudicator, received an OBE for services to motorists.

Stephanie Spring, chairwoman of Children in Need, received a CBE for services to charity.

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