You may already know that each year The Queen recognises the extraordinary achievements of people from all walks of life, and all ages. Two Honours Lists are published every year – the New Year’s Honours in January and The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

And you’ll certainly know that are many unsung heroes, within our very own community, who deserve to be honoured but they need someone to nominate them.

So, do you know someone like Joanna Dervisoglu BEM, for example, who has been honoured for all her good work and efforts to help others?

Joanna was recognised for her services to women after mastectomy surgery.

She set up Knitted Knockers UK (KKUK) in 2013 and set about knitting breasts, free of charge and sent each one off with a note:” Made With love and filled with hope.”

In March 2015, it became a registered charity that has now over 160 ladies who knit cotton breast prosthetics for ladies.

An estimated 6,000 orders of free knitted breasts have been fulfilled with the benefit of comfort and being less hot than those available after operations.

Joanna has now set up Midlands Crafters for Breast Cancer which makes the Knitted Knockers along with support pillows, knitted chemotherapy hats and knitted wash cloths.

She is also a leader of Rainbows, Brownies and the Girl Guides.

Joanna’s efforts in the community and beyond are nothing short of fantastic, but there are other people like her who should be recognised for what they do.

If you know someone, please nominate them.

There are more details on how to do this on the West Midlands Lieutenancy website: on the Honours & Awards section.

You can read about other people, who have been Honoured this year and access a nomination form.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk about a potential nomination, please contact Dale Guest, the West Midlands Honours Coordinator by emailing him at [email protected] or by calling 0121 222 5039.

Celebrate our city, make your nomination and helps others gain the recognition they deserve.