A SALISBURY resident has been recognised for making a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disabled people in Moldova.

Jane Ebel, the director of UK-Moldova Projects, received an MBE in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours list earlier this month.

The MBE recognises her work helping disabled people become more socially integrated in one of the least developed countries in Europe through programmes including early years inclusive education and therapeutic music or initiatives to involve disabled children and adults in inclusive sport.

On learning of her award she said “I feel extremely honoured to be given this award for something I have always felt passionate about; but the unstinting dedication and professionalism of the Moldovan partners has made our successes possible.

“There is still much to do, to promote genuine equality and inclusion in Moldova; but the fantastic, ongoing collaboration between UK and Moldova makes it both enjoyable and deeply rewarding”.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced 80 awards in recognition of exceptional and outstanding service to Britain internationally and overseas.

The Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours List recognises people in a range of fields including British business and prosperity, British community and community relations, British nationals overseas, charity and voluntary work, child welfare, commemorations and veterans, cultural relations, development, education, nature, the Overseas Territories, popular culture, public service, science and scientific research, security, special education needs, sport, trade and investment and UK defence.

Sir Simon McDonald, Head of the Diplomatic Service, said: “I congratulate everyone receiving an honour and thank them for their hard work and years of service. Britain’s impact around the world depends on exceptional people like those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Everyone in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is grateful for their outstanding contribution.”