STANDING up for the vulnerable is important for Muriel Deacon.
The 86-year-old is the president of the Portsmouth Pensioners Association and has been for nearly 10 years.
For her hard work and dedication, Muriel, from Hayling Avenue, in Copnor, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.
She said: ‘I never thought I would have received anything like this.
‘Without the help from the team at the association, I would never have received the British Empire Medal. So it is for all of us.’
Like Muriel, Dr Carol Trotter has also dedicated her life to helping the elderly.
The retired consultant psychiatrist worked at St James’ Hospital, in Southsea, as an old age psychiatrist for more than 30 years.
She also taught medical students on how to help people suffering with dementia and their carers.
Carol received an MBE and said it was wonderful to be recognised.
She said: ‘I was surprised when I found out that I might receive one so to actually be on the list was wonderful. I worked with a great team of people who were fantastic.’