Scots honoured for Covid response in Queen’s birthday list

The honours list recognised frontline and community workers who went above and beyond during the pandemic.

Scots honoured for Covid response in Queen’s birthday list PA Media

People who made exceptional contributions to society during the coronavirus pandemic have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The majority of the honours list was compiled before the pandemic but was deferred to consider nominations for people who played crucial roles during the first months of efforts to tackle Covid-19.

It has prioritised frontline and community heroes who went above and beyond their duties to help others.

The list, which was published on Friday, also features TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and curler Eve Muirhead, as well as footballer Marcus Rashford and Body Coach Joe Wicks, who have both been awarded MBEs.

Mary Berry, who was made a CBE in 2012, is being made a dame for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity, while Sir David Attenborough receives an upgrade to Knight Grand Cross in the diplomatic list for services to broadcasting and conservation.

Among the Scottish community heroes recognised for their contribution during the pandemic is David Maguire from Glasgow, who has been awarded an MBE.

He repurposed his restaurant near the city’s Gartnavel Hospital to provide free food to thousands of NHS workers, vulnerable people and school children.

The 62-year-old said: “I feel pretty overwhelmed. It took me by surprise and I’m really pleased for everybody in the organisation that I am associated with.

“It was a reflection of what we all managed to do.”

Olivia Strong (L) and Alison Williams (R) feature on Queen's birthday honours list. <strong>PA Media</strong>”/><cite class=cite>PA Media</cite></div><figcaption aria-hidden=true>Olivia Strong (L) and Alison Williams (R) feature on Queen’s birthday honours list. <strong>PA Media</strong> <cite class=hidden>PA Media</cite></figcaption></figure><p>Olivia Strong from Edinburgh, <a href=>who raised more than £5m for NHS charities through her Run for Heroes 5km Challenge</a>, said it was “really special” to be given the same honour.</p><p>The 27-year-old said the MBE is for all the 1.5 million people inspired to run five kilometres, donate £5 and nominate five friends to do the same through the challenge, and the family and friends who helped set up the campaign.</p><p>Margaret Payne, 90, <a href=>who climbed the height of the 731-metre mountain Suilven on her staircase to raise money for charity</a> receives a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Lochinver, which she said is a “great honour”.</p><p>She thanked all those who made donations, which started from £1, with the total now more than £434,000 including gift aid.</p><p>“All those little donations have just built up to an enormous sum and it is amazing,” she said.</p><figure class=wp-block-image><div class=relative><img loading=lazy decoding=async src= width=768 height=576 srcset=

Alison Williams, a nurse who helped patients dying with coronavirus speak with their families for the last time, will also receive the same medal for services to the NHS, charitable fundraising and volunteering during the pandemic.

The 41-year-old research nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary set up her Rainbow Boxes charity at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, after noticing many patients who arrived had no way of contacting loved ones.

Through social media she raised tens of thousands of pounds to provide essentials to people who found themselves suddenly in hospital with Covid-19.

Commenting on the medal, she said: “I felt very emotional and overwhelmed. It felt very special because it’s been a really hard time for everybody.”

The former owners of Bowhouse Newsagents in Grangemouth have received British Empire Medals.

Ghulam Farid and Shagufta Shamim ran the shop for more than 20 years and recently retired, handing over the reins of the business.

Ghulam Farid & Shagufta Shamim.STV News

However during the pandemic the pair helped local NHS staff and care home workers source PPE equipment and also made sure they had essential food items.

They also made up and delivered care packages to the elderly and vulnerable who were shielding.

The pair said: “Receiving the BEM has left us shocked. It was such pleasant news to receive and we could not believe it when we got the email.

“We thought it was spam. After much research we realised we had been nominated and it was a genuine email. It is a great honour to be recognised by The Crown for our hard work and I hope this will encourage others to always be helpful.

“This is certainly going to set the bar in our family. A great story to tell our grandchildren one day.”

Professor David John Webb and Professor Muffy Calder also feature on the list. <strong>PA Media</strong>”/><cite class=cite>PA Media</cite></div><figcaption aria-hidden=true>Professor David John Webb and Professor Muffy Calder also feature on the list. <strong>PA Media</strong> <cite class=hidden>PA Media</cite></figcaption></figure><p>Among those recognised in the non-Covid section of the honours list are Professor Muffy Calder, vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, who is made a dame for services to research and education.</p><p>Lorraine Kelly is made a CBE for services to broadcasting, journalism and charity, while Olympic bronze medalist Eve Muirhead becomes an MBE for services to curling.</p><p>Other Scots honoured include Professor David John Webb, Christison professor of therapeutics and clinical pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh, who is made a CBE for services to clinical pharmacology research and education.</p><p>Ian Beattie, chairman of Scottish Athletics, is made an MBE for services to the sport.</p><div class=
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