A SCHOOL governor and a community life-saver are among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Carol Jackson, who is chairman of governors at Fordingbridge Infant School, was given an MBE for services to education along with Fiona Haughey, formerly of Ringwood, who recently retired as director of nursing, therapies and quality for the Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised for her contribution to nursing.

Carol said: “It is an enormous honour. That is never anyone’s motivation you are doing it because education matters so

“It is lovely that volunteers are recognised in this way. It is very exciting.”

Speaking about receiving the letter, she added: “I just couldn’t believe it. It was just a complete surprise. I kept having to re-read it.”

And Fiona, who retired in April and now lives in Surrey, said: “I am extremely proud and humbled to receive this award, which is a tribute not just to me but to the fantastic support I’ve had from colleagues in the NHS throughout my career. It has been a privilege to work in the NHS and for Dorset Healthcare, where I’ve been able to support and encourage fantastic clinical staff to improve the quality of care for our patients.”

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Fiona worked as a registered general nurse, registered mental health nurse, health visitor and as a leader of nursing and the allied health professionals.

Mike Jukes, a community first responder (CFR) in Bransgore since 2005, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to emergency response and fundraising. He is also the scheme co-ordinator in Bransgore.

CFRs are unpaid volunteers who are trained by South Central Ambulance Service in basic life support, the use of automated external defibrillators and the treatment of a range of potentially life-threatening conditions.

Mike said: “It really is an honour and a privilege in itself to serve the community in this area at times when they are facing a medical emergency and to be able to offer initial help and care before the ambulance arrives.

“I was speechless when I heard news of this award and I am proud and humbled to be recognised for doing something that is so rewarding in itself. I couldn’t do this without the support of my wife who puts up with middle of the night alerts and calls.

“I am incredibly grateful to be nominated.”