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PUBLISHED: 17:32 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010

A MOTHER who volunteered to help disabled children whilst caring for her terminally-ill son has been awarded an MBE.

A MOTHER who volunteered to help disabled children whilst caring for her terminally-ill son has been awarded an MBE.

Sue Gower, 48, from East Wickham, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours last Thursday for her voluntary services to disabled children and young people in Bexley.

The mother-of-three supported grieving parents and volunteered at Bexley Crossroads, which gives respite care for carers in their own homes, while also caring for her eldest son who was terminally-ill with Duchennes muscular dystrophy.

Mrs Gower said the MBE is a tribute to her son, Dave, who died in January 2006 aged just 21.

The Bexley council worker said: "Receiving a letter from the Cabinet Office asking me whether I would accept an MBE came as a complete surprise and I'm still completely overwhelmed.

"This honour is really the most special tribute to my late son. Despite being severely disabled his attitude to life was always positive and he wanted his experiences to help others. We learned a lot together and as a result I have been able to support other families in a number of ways.

"Dave was well supported in Bexley and it has always been important to me to give something back to the community."

Other honours included a CBE for Team GB's head boxing coach Terry Edwards, from Orpington, for his services to sport.

The Olympic coach who is based at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield helped Britain have the most successful Olympics boxing team since 1956.

Team Leader at the Student Loans Company Strategy Relationship Team, Karen Winfield from Welling was awarded an OBE for public and voluntary service.

Clive Andrew Maxwell from Beckenham was awarded a CBE for public service.

Another Bexley council employee Wynne Creasy won an award for her services to education as leader of the Bexley Clerkship Practice.

Bimla Devi Lyall was awarded an MBE for her public and voluntary service working as an Executive officer at the Sidcup Enforcement Office, of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Administrator Janette Vicki Plumridge from Bexleyheath was awarded an MBE for her work at the government's Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Dr Heather Nunnerly from Beckenham, who was the former non-executive director to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup three years ago, was also awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in south-east London.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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