A WELL-KNOWN fencing coach is one of a number of people West Sussex a to be named in the New Year’s Honours list.
Sharon Blackman, the long-standing head coach of Chichester Fencing Club who lives in Felpham, has been given a British Empire Medal.
Elsewhere in the county, the head of a Sussex-based charity which helps protect the eyesight of poor people across the globe has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Dr Caroline Harper, chief executive of Sightsavers, was presented with the accolade in recognition for services to visually impaired people abroad. Dr Harper said: ‘I see this very much as an honour for Sightsavers – its staff, partners and donors who make the work of the organisation possible.
‘So many people have been prevented from going blind, or have had their sight restored, as a result of these efforts.
‘I am also proud of the results we have achieved in terms of advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, and the ‘leave no one behind’ theme of the recently agreed global goals.
‘These goals will be the bedrock on which future development will be built, and we should see far more inclusive development as a result.
Ian Thornley, from Petworth, has been made an OBE for services to disabled people
Author Simon Brett, of Arundel, was also made an OBE for his service to literature.
Pensioner Richard Groom, of Shipley, was made an MBE for his year supporting disabled young people across the county.
The 73-year-old is the chairman of the Lord’s Taverners, and organisation which helps disabled children.