Queen's Birthday Honours: Christians against Poverty founder gets CBE

Sat 09 Jun 2018
By Eno Adeogun

The founder of Christians against Poverty (CAP) is among a host of leading figures and stars who have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

John Kirkby created the Christian debt charity in 1996 which has served tens of thousands of individuals each year by helping those struggling with debt, unemployment and life controlling habits, equipping them to live well despite a low income. 

Speaking to Premier, Kirkby said how he and his wife found out he would receive a CBE: "Believe it or not, I just got a letter and Lizzie was laughing at me. It says On Her Majesty's Service on the letter and I thought, 'have I filed my tax funds in properly - what possibly could it be?'


"And then we opened it and it's just a very matter of fact letter and we just couldn't believe it."

A number of other people who work to serve the Church, communities and vulnerable people have also been recognised on the Honours List, which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

Edward Hudson is the founder of Bibles for Children and will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM).

He told Premier what this means to him.

"It comes at a great honour but not just for me but for all those who've helped with the work of Bibles for Children over the…last 21 years," he said.

"The trustees and associates that have been appointed, and many people up and down the country that we've never met of course, so it's an honour for all of them I believe - not just for myself."

Awards include:

  • A damehood for actress Emma Thompson, for services to drama
  • A knighthood for Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, for services to literature
  • A damehood for Professor Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, for services to the study of classical civilisations
  • A knighthood for historian and broadcaster Professor Simon Schama
  • A knighthood for former footballer and manager Kenny Dalglish
  • A CBE for actor Tom Hardy
  • A CBE for television presenter and author Bamber Gascoigne
  • A CBE for journalist and Kate Adie
  • An OBE for boxer Anthony Joshua
  • An OBE for Winter Olympian gold medalist Lizzie Yarnold

In total 1,057 people have received an award.

Listen to John Kirkby, founder of CAP speaking to Premier's Cara Bentley:

Listen to Edward Hudson, founder of Bibles for Children speaking to Premier's Cara Bentley:

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