A nutritionist who has helped to develop national school food standards to tackle childhood obesity has been awarded an OBE.
Dr Patricia Mucavele, of Wisbech, was named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her work to help children, families and charity.
Dr Mucavele, part of the Children’s Food Trust for almost 10 years, has been instrumental in developing and implementing nutritional standards for youngsters.
She said: “I feel really proud and privileged to receive the OBE. I view the award as not just a personal accolade but a national recognition to everyone’s efforts at the Children’s Food Trust and the organisations we work closely with.
“We are starting to improve nutritional quality to children’s food over the last 10 years.”
She is a registered nutritionist and a qualified food technology teacher.
Dr Mucavele had previously worked for the United Nations along with organisations in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Europe.
The trust’s chairman, Adam Starkey, said: “It’s fair to say that helping children eat better is Tricia’s life’s mission and we’re so proud to have her as part of our team.
“As a driving force behind evidence-based school food standards and the first national guidelines for food in childcare, her work is making a difference for children all over the country, every day. Tricia is a real protector of every child’s right to a good diet and we’re delighted to see her recognised in this way.”
n Long Sutton firefighter Richard King was awarded the BEM in recognition of services to fire and rescue and to emergency medical care.
Mr King, 47, is retained watch manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service and has been a firefighter for 23 years.
He led the first crew to test the concept of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project.
Mr King said: “I am really honoured to accept the award on behalf of myself as an individual and as part of the work the whole station has done.
“I am really proud of the work me and the lads do. I don’t go out on calls on my own.
“Although the award is in my name I do feel it’s for Long Sutton station as a whole and I am really proud of that.”