Tributes paid to South Yorkshire community stars

Steph Hryschko has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her work with the Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust
Steph Hryschko has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her work with the Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust
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Two South Yorkshire community stalwarts have been praised after they were honoured by the Queen.

Steph Hryschko has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her work with the Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust, while Barnsley Council member Coun Charlie Wraith has been made an MBE.

Both have been honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list for their ‘services to the community’.

Paying tribute to Steph, Kevin Bennett, trust manager, said: “The trustees and staff of the trust are delighted Steph has received this award.

“This goes some way in repaying all of Steph’s hard work and dedication.

“The time and commitment Steph puts in is astounding. Steph is at her desk most mornings at 8am and is often still there at 8pm – this includes both Saturdays and Sundays.

“A 70-hour week is the norm for Steph – and all completely unpaid.

“Steph’s commitment to the cause is without question and is a true inspiration to us all at the trust.

“The trust was set up more than 15 years ago to work for the cultural and economic regeneration of our former mining community.

“Had it not been for Steph’s commitment and hard work the organisation would no longer exist and the Old Colliery Offices, a building of outstanding architecture, would not have been saved for the community.”

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, has praised Coun Charles Wraith, Barnsley Council Labour member for Cudworth, for his ‘tireless’ work for the community.

Mr Dugher said: “Coun Wraith was serving the people of Barnsley as a councillor before I was even born.

“He has served the public in important positions, including Mayor of Barnsley.

“Coun Wraith has been a tireless campaigner for the Cudworth community and his MBE is a tribute to his hard work.”

n Coun Steve Houghton, Barnsley Council leader, has been knighted, not made a CBE, as reported in The Star on Saturday. We apologise for the error.