MBE awarded to former Forfar woman

MBE: Heike Horsburgh will receive her medal next month.
MBE: Heike Horsburgh will receive her medal next month.

A FORMER Forfar Academy pupil has been awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Heike Horsburgh, (48), has recognised for services to young people and will be attending the ceremony on Friday, November 16, to receive her medal.

She trained professionally at Dundee College and started her work within the community education sector as a volunteer in Forfar.

Heike said: “When I was 14 I started volunteering with the Forfarian. I remember picking up members who had a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties and we would go on trips out every week. I also volunteered in the speech therapy unit of the hospital and at school”.

For 10 years she was CEO for Young Cumbria, where she helped it develop as a highly respected organisation supporting and delivering youth work.

She started several highly successful community youth projects in Sunderland, which still continue today.

Heike, who was nominated for Cumbria Woman of the Year 2011, joined the Keswick-based charity in 2002 and later left the organisation in March 2012. She was nominated for transforming Young Cumbria into a leading organisation and she is recognised for her contribution to youth work.

She said: “Of all the generations, this current young generation is being hit from all directions, and youth workers can really make a difference in their lives. We can’t find them a job or create apprenticeships, but we can keep a community together.”

Heike added: “The thing I am most proud of is the team and the staff at Young Cumbria. They are absolutely amazing.”