THE boss of a drug and alcohol treatment centre is urging people across Burton to nominate friends and family to receive an honour.
Noreen Oliver, who was handed an MBE for her work as founder of Burton Addiction Centre, sits on a special independent honours committees which helps sift through applications for people who could be handed a gong.
Mrs Oliver is now using her position to urge more people to come forward and nominate people thought to be worthy in the area after it was revealed that just 6.9 per cent of honours went to people in the West Mildlands region.
She said: "I would love to see more people from Burton being nominated as I know so much great work is done here which should receive recognition.
"Anyone can be put forward for an honour and we are looking for people who have made a real difference in their community or field of work."
The nomination process usually takes around 18 months from the date the nomination is made to the time a successful candidate appears on an honours list, while the facts are checked and supportive comments obtained.
The honours committees decide which awards will be offered and they can include the British Empire Medal, an MBE, OBE, CBE, damehood or knighthood.
The criteria the committees will be looking for includes whether the person nominated has made a real impact in their community or workplace, exemplified the very best sustained and selfless voluntary service, changed things for the better, improved the lot of those less able to help themselves or displayed moral courage in making and delivering tough choices.
Detailed guidance on the honours process and a nomination form can be found at www.gov.uk/honours or by calling 02072 762777.