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MBE at 21 for schoolgirls' heroine: University student is the youngest to receive an honour

The young one 

Aged 21, Amika George is the youngest to receive an honour this year.

Miss George was made an MBE for her campaign to provide schoolgirls with free sanitary products – which she launched when she was 17.

The Cambridge University student, from north London, said: ‘I was completely bewildered that there were people who were missing school for up to a week every month because of lack of access to period products. It was an issue that hit me like no other issue had.’ 

Her friends Clegg Bamber and Anna Miles were also made MBEs for their work on the project. 

Miss George was made an MBE for her campaign to provide schoolgirls with free sanitary products – which she launched when she was 17

Her friends Clegg Bamber and Anna Miles were also made MBEs for their work on the project

Soldier on a mission

Army veteran Steve Craddock was made an MBE after raising more than £500,000 for forces charity Help for Heroes. 

The former Royal Engineer took up cycling when mental health problems sent his weight soaring to 18 stone. 

He has since pedalled more than 65,000 miles in countries including Myanmar and Zambia.

Mr Craddock, from St Mary’s Island in Kent, said: ‘I know I’ve done a little bit to help so many guys whose lives were far more affected than I was, so I feel good, I feel proud.’

Chatty cafe creator

After spotting an old lady on her own in a supermarket cafe, Alexandra Hoskyn launched the Chatty Cafe Scheme in Oldham in 2017. 

It has now been adopted by around 500 cafes which designate a table where customers can sit if they are happy to chat to others. 

Mrs Hoskyn, who was awarded an OBE, said she wanted to ‘normalise chatting to strangers’.

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