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Lincoln community heroes awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours

Three inspirational Lincoln people were among those applauded for their services to the community as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Ann Margaret Stafford, Steve Marshall and Sunita Mason were in the list of 300 people honoured with the state award.

Ann Stafford, from Saxilby, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her charitable services through the Lincoln Lions Club charity.

She has been involved with the Lions charity for over 10 years and has been a passionate fund-raiser during this time.

Ann was elected President of the Lincoln Lions three years ago and raises funds for local and national causes.

Within a few years of managing the fundraising the results improved dramatically.

Among her most successful events, Ann organised a bike ride with 50 riders travelling 50 miles – each raising £50 for the Lincoln Hospital Breast Cancer Unit.

The aim was to raise around £2,500 but she exceeded her expectations by raising over £10,000.

The following year she organised a bike ride for local teenagers for the Teenage Cancer Trust and most recently she organised another 50 mile bike ride which has raised £5,500 for the Lincoln Cardiac Unit.

For a number of years she has also organised Christmas charity fundraising at the Lincoln Christmas Market and local supermarkets.

RAF Waddington Station Warrant Officer (SWO) Steve Marshall was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Warrant Officer Marshall was described as an inspirational leader within both the military and the civilian community and was applauded for his efforts in supporting the Royal British Legions Poppy Appeal as well as several other worthy causes.

Warrant Officer Marshall said: “I am absolutely honoured to have been nominated but am in no doubt that this would not have been the case but for the support of family and colleagues,”

Group Captain Rich Barrow, Station Commander RAF Waddington said: “WO Marshall’s extensive and sustained community activity is particularly extraordinary, exemplifying the very finest Royal Air Force qualities.

“This is a truly deserved award for an outstanding individual and I congratulate him wholeheartedly.”

Several other service personnel from RAF Waddington have been commended for their outstanding dedication and commitment to the service and have been awarded a range of military commendations.

Photographer Corporal (Cpl) Laura Bibby, Cpl Nicola Hersey and a team of non-commissioned officers from USA were also commended for their determination and commitment with military awards.

Sunita Mason also received a CBE for services to public protection in Lincoln.