A LONG-SERVING fundraiser has become an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Elspeth Jean Benbow was nominated for her services to charity and the Neston community.
The 70-year-old grandmother has been on the fundraising committee of the North West Cancer Research charity for 41 years.
She said: 'I do a lot for the charity and, this year so far, we have raised more than £9,500.'
She also still belongs to the Guides, is a Cub Scout leader and is involved in the Trefoil Guild.
Elspeth said: 'I got a letter from the Government five weeks ago and had to keep it quiet, I couldn't even tell the family at first. 'They are all thrilled. I've had lots of cards and flowers from people congratulating me.'
For 30 years Elspeth, who has two daughters and a son and three grandchildren, ran a playschool in Neston near where she lives in Bushell Road.
David Prior is the only other borough recipient of an honour in the list, being awarded an MBE for his services to higher education.
The 61-year Ness resident, who is married with four sons, has worked in academia for more than 40 years.
He retired from Liverpool University in September but was re-engaged in November on a part-time basis as director for regional projects. He will also continue to support major university projects.
Mr Prior said: 'It is an honour to receive the MBE. I'm delighted.'