A Carnforth couple who have fostered more than 200 children are one of the many to receive royal recognition in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Husband and wife Christine and Harold Gregoire, who are in their sixties, will both receive the MBE after fostering more than 200 children over the past 29 years.
Mrs Gregoire said: “What a shock when we got the letter saying we were getting an award. It’s not something you expect when you start out fostering children. “Seeing all those lovely youngsters growing up is reward enough. We have just enjoyed it, really enjoyed it.
“I had four children of my own and then I started child-minding. It all went from there.
“Some of it is upsetting, but it is mostly a joy. Many have kept in touch and our extended family is huge. We are still fostering and I suppose we will continue until we feel like we can no longer do it.”
Malaysia-born Sam Moi Chan, chair of the Hua Xien Chinese Society in Lancaster and Morecambe, will also get an MBE for her voluntary work in community cohesion.
This award is a big surprise and a tremendous honour
Ms Chan, 61, came to the UK in 1979 and lived in Manchester’s Chinatown until she moved to Morecambe in 1988. She now devotes much of her spare time to helping the Chinese community in North Lancashire.
She said: “I just love helping people. I do my best. It is very rewarding work. This award is a big surprise and a tremendous honour.”
Harsha Yashwant Kumar Shukla, chair of the Lancaster and Morecambe Hindu Society, is also among the honours for services to interfaith relations. Mrs Sukla is a governor at Lancaster and Morecambe College and also chair of Lancaster District Communities Together Group.
She said: “I’m really touched that people generously thought I was worthy of such a huge honour.” Two members from Lancaster’s community fibre broadband project Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), Barry Forde and Christine Conder, will also be given an MBE.