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The North Wales heroes on the New Year's Honours List 2019 have been revealed

A rock star, Afghan veteran, 'Britain's finest canoe coach,' an author and selfless volunteers are among those recognised

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  • 22:30, 28 DEC 2018

A rock star, a double-amputee Afghan veteran and an award-winning author are among those recognised on the New Year's Honours list.

People who helped make North Wales a better place have been hailed in the 2019 awards.

Four were honoured with MBEs (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and three received the British Empire Medal.

An ambulance service manager received a QAM (Queen's Ambulance Service Medal).

The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “These honours recognise and celebrate the hard-work and achievements of the incredible people who go above and beyond to put others before themselves.

“From household names to those silently serving their communities...I am proud to see people from all walks of Welsh life being recognised for their commitment to their cause.

'Ability to inspire'

“I am truly grateful for their dedication to their communities and thank them all for their tireless work to improve the lives of others as well as their extraordinary ability to inspire people all over the country.”

Internationally acclaimed musician and healthcare campaigner, Mike Peters has been awarded an MBE for services to charity having raised thousands for cancer care projects in the UK and abroad and dedicating his life to giving hope for families affected by the disease.

Mike, who was born in Prestatyn and grew up in Rhyl, formed rock band The Alarm in 1981 and went on to achieve worldwide success with the band performing alongside the likes of Bono and U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

The 59-year-old father-of-two made a recovery from lymph cancer in 1996 only to receive the devastating news that he was suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in 2005.

He set up a sponsored walk up Snowdon, called Snowdon Rocks and following the success of this event, Mike co-founded the Love Hope Strength Foundations in the US and UK with Texan leukaemia transplant survivor, James Chippendale.

'Overwhelmed'

In the past decade, the foundations have collectively gone on to raise over £1m for cancer projects through their international trek and events programme, with over £600,000 being raised by the charity in the UK.

Mike also spearheaded the By Your Side cancer care campaign for Awyr Las, the North Wales NHS Charity, which raised over £350,000 for cancer services in the region.

Partnering with the Leukaemia charity, DKMS to help launch the Get on the List programme, Mike has seen over 200,000 people added to blood stem cell donor registries, which has resulted in more than 4,000 potentially life saving matches being identified.

He said: "I am completely overwhelmed and just so grateful to have been included on the New Year’s honours list.

'It really is for them'

"MBE must stand for a multitude of brilliant efforts, because that’s what lies behind everything that I’ve achieved - not my own efforts, but other people’s.

“Love Hope Strength Foundations...have saved lives and changed lives over the past decade.

"This is thanks to the support of hundreds of volunteers, thousands of supporters including our brilliant Alarm fans and a great many musicians who have got behind the cause.

"My being awarded this MBE is all down to their collective brilliant efforts.

"This MBE really is for them.

"I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for my family and for all they have done to support me over the years, especially my wife, Jules.

"Of course I also most certainly wouldn’t be here were it not for the NHS staff who have cared for me through the years."

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