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Maria Hanson receives MBE

Maria Hanson receives MBE

Maria Hanson, founder of the Maria Hanson Foundation and Me & Dee, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Recognising Maria’s dedication to her charitable endeavours despite great personal adversity, the MBE has been awarded for outstanding service to the community and for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.

Maria says she is humbled to have been awarded the MBE. Maria comments:

“This MBE honour has come as a huge shock. People like me aren’t the sort of people I expect to get this type of award, I’m just an ordinary person! In the eight years since I first set up Me & Dee, we’ve raised over a quarter of a million pounds and helped 1300 families to make precious memories with their loved ones and, because of my disabilities, most my work has taken place from home.

“I am hugely grateful to all of our supporters that have enabled us to help so many families already – from an office for our volunteers to our comfort packs, every donation is very gratefully received and put to exceptionally good use, helping those who need it most.

“In 2015, the Maria Hanson Foundation is entering a new era and we hope to be able to help even more people with life limiting illness, enjoy their precious time with their families and I hope that the public and businesses will get behind us and donate what they can to our cause.”

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