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 Judy Ann Dyke MBE, for example, who this year has been honoured for all her good work and efforts to help others?

Judy has managed to help a host of local causes and charities. She has volunteered for Edward’s Trust bereavement charity since 1991, playing a major role in fundraising, which led her to becoming Patron of the Trust.

Since 1986 she has supported Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice with fundraising and written a booklet titled “Funeral Matters”, which is currently in its third edition and has generated many charitable donations.

Having gained a free place at King Edward VI High School for Girls (KESH), Judy valued the opportunity education gave her and in 2012 formed a new charity that has raised £1,400,000 to fund assisted places. In 2014 she was elected Chairman of the charity.

On top of this she has served a variety of churches, including St George’s in Edgbaston and St Martin’s in Birmingham.

She is an Ambassador for Cancer Research UK and supporter of the University of Birmingham.

Judy is very special – a credit to our city, but there are other people like Judy who need to be recognized 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 or by calling 0121 222 5039.

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