A pensioner who devotes his time to improving awareness of dementia is one of three Doncaster people named in the New Year’s Honours list today.
Trevor Jarvis, from Skellow, who has visited Downing Street to see the Prime Minister and addressed world leaders on the global problem of the illness has been awarded a British Empire Medal.
Mr Jarvis, aged 72, said he was “very, very pleased that somebody thought that I’m worthy of it and has gone to the trouble of putting me forward. I very much appreciate it and am very proud to say I’ve got it.
“What I do is all voluntary and I don’t expect payment. It’s fantastic - it’s better than winning the lottery.”
Mr Jarvis, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia after a stroke in 2001, was invited to the summit of G8 nations in London this year where a video he has made about living with the condition is to be shown to health ministers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and charities from the world’s wealthiest developed nations.
He has also travelled the country giving talks and training to health professionals and students including at Bradford University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in July, and has been invited to speak in South Americia next year.
A headteacher who has boosted the education prospects of children at three South Yorkshire schools has been awarded an OBE.
Sarah Louise Creighton, the Executive Principal of The Hill and Gooseacre primary schools in Thurnscoe, and the Littleworth Grange Primary Academies, in Lundwood, Barnsley, has received the honour for services to Education.
Mrs Creighton, who is 49, and lives in Rye Croft Close, Sprotbrough, has two children and four grandchildren.
She was appointed headteacher of The Hill more than seven years ago before being asked to bring Gooseacre out of special measures.
Littleworth Grange was also a failing school before Mrs Creighton took over and it has since become the country’s third most improved school.
She said: “I found out in November and it’s been horrendous keeping it a secret from family and colleagues.
“I am so delighted because I work with many fantastic teachers and staff and you can’t do this sort of thing alone, you need a good team around you. I think this is a fantastic honour for Barnsley’s schools.”
The boss of a Doncaster prison has also been awarded the OBE to add to another award he won three years ago.
John Biggin, the director of HMP and YOI Doncaster in Marshgate, has been honoured for his services to offender management and rehabilitation.
Three years ago he was voted public servant of the year, receiving the accolade at the prestigious Guardian Public Services Awards 2010.