A Cleethorpes charity worker has received an MBE for services to children with special needs and disabilities.
Dr Kenneth Jones, 81, set up the East Midlands Deaf Children’s Society holiday camp in 1980 with Barbara Drummond, who had ran a similar society in Grantham. He speaks of the creation of the group:
when I saw a poster in Grantham Hospital for a deaf children’s camp, and it was something I was interested in so decided to get in touch. It was Barbara who was in charge of that and it all started from there really.
Kenneth puts the success of the camp down to the fact that they’re like:
one big family. I think one of the main reasons the camp has continued for so long is because we have built up a group of helpers which will eventually allow us to hand over the camp to the next generation once we move on.
This can be said for Barbara’s daughter, who is deaf and has gone from being a child in the camp to a worker.
The camp has around 40 children with the help of 25 volunteers, all of which are extremely proud of the MBE title.
Everybody involved with the society is very pleased we have been given this honour
Along with three deaf members from the group and an interpreter, Kenneth travelled down to London to receive the MBE from Prince William,
he was quite nice and it was lovely to see him.
Overall, Kenneth said:
it was a good day but I found it all a little embarrassing. I didn’t see a great deal of Buckingham Palace but it was a nice experience and we all had a nice day