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Royal recognition for community heroes

Barry Welck
Barry Welck

Community workers and philanthropists got their share of royal recognition in the birthday honours.

Businessman Maurice Ostro was appointed an OBE for services to business, charity and interfaith relations."To be recognised for what I love doing is truly humbling," he said.

Barry Welck, chairman of the Langdon Foundation, was made an MBE for services to education and learning for disabled people.

"I got involved in the charity because of my son, Daniel, who has learning disabilities. I had no idea it would turn into this. It's been a pleasure and a delight and this is the icing on the cake."

Langdon, which Mr Welck co-founded in 1992, provides support for young Jewish adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Ninety-year-old Reuben Turner became an MBE for his services to the Anglo-Jewish community and Jewish music. He said: "I had no idea I was getting the award, and when I found out it was extremely hard to keep it a secret. I couldn't even tell my daughter until after the list was announced.

"It means a lot to know the community nominated me.

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue member Dr Claire Lemer was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to children's health.

Mark Pears, a co-founder of the Pears Foundation, received a CBE for services to business and charity.

Herman Martyn was made an MBE for services to education, recognising a career spanning three decades as a governor for the Sinai School and the North West London Jewish Day Primary School. "The honour reflects on how well faith schools in general have done", he said.

Ruth, Lady Morris of Kenwood became a CBE for services to the community.

Northwood and Pinner Liberal synagogue member Ruth Myers, a campaigner for the deaf, was made an MBE.

Susan Terpilowski, a member of the South-West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, was appointed an OBE for services to small businesses.

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