Queen honours community heroes

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Late teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton has become an MBE in a Queen’s Birthday Honours List which also recognises actor Daniel Day-Lewis with a knighthood, BBC reported.

Queen ElizabethStephen, who raised £4.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust after his story spread on social media, accepted the honour for services to the charity shortly before his death, aged 19, in May.

Sir Daniel, the first person to win three best actor Oscars, is rewarded for services to drama. Actress Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, has been made an honorary dame for services to UK foreign policy and campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones.

Team GB’s Lizzy Yarnold, skeleton gold medallist at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, becomes an MBE as does visually-impaired skier Kelly Gallagher – the winner of Britain’s first gold medal in a Winter Paralympics – and her guide Charlotte Evans.

Other sporting honourees include England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards, who is made a CBE; Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield, an MBE, and Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland said he was “very proud and sort of humbled” by his OBE.

There are also OBEs for Homeland actor Damian Lewis and the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, and a CBE goes to BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time presenter Roy Lancaster.

Some 560 – or 49% – of the 1,149 people honoured are women. It follows the New Year’s Honours list, which featured more women – 51% – than men for the first time.