Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes , One and All

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes , One and All

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Byline: Helen Sturdy And Sarah Ivison

A champion chaplain, a special police officer and a pillar of the community are among Teesside's unsung heroes named today in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Hospital chaplain Reverend Philip Carrington, of South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, receives an MBE for his services to spiritual care. And it comes as the Teesside chaplain is given another award - the St John of God award from the St John's Ambulance.

Professor Brian Footitt, director of nursing development at the trust, said: "I think it is well deserved, we are both proud and pleased.

"He has been extremely influential in improving the spiritual care to our patients but he has been a great support to staff as well."

Rev Carrington, once a salesman in the electronic communication business, was ordained at the age of 37.

And he became the first full-time chaplain for hospitals in the South Tees area in 1992.

Also scooping an award in the health world is Moira Britton, chief executive of Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

Mrs Britton joined the NHS in 1972 and her responsibilities now include chairing the Improving Working Lives Regional Taskforce and also being vice-chair of the Board of the Northern Centre for Mental Health.

Today the health boss said she was "delighted and honoured" to be awarded an OBE in the list.

"I've spent 30 years working in the NHS and I think it is the best place to work, and very rewarding," she added.

"However any success I have been able to have would not have been possible without the support of my husband and children.

"It is very satisfying to work with patients, carers and staff in an area of health that doesn't always have the highest profile when people think of the NHS, but mental health problems and learning disabilities have an enormous impact on the lives of patients and their carers and they deserve the best care we can provide."

Carol McCletchie, now director of human resources for Cleveland Fire Brigade, received an OBE for services to Tyne and Wear Employer Coalition and the New Deal.

Whitby actor Ian Carmichael, who played Bertie Wooster in The World of Wooster, has been awarded an OBE. …

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