Tireless Tyrone fundraiser Claire gets MBE at Palace

TIRELESS Tyrone fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy UK, Claire O’Hanlon has been awarded an MBE for her charitable efforts.

Claire is a Business Development Officer in Dungannon Enterprise Centre and was recognised in the New Year Honour’s List and received her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Claire, who chairs Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Northern Irish Council, has raised substantial money for different Duchenne charities since her son Luke was diagnosed with the condition, aged 13 months,  in 2012.

Through their family fund, Leap for Luke, Claire has organised a vast number of  volunteering and fundraising events.

She has been a wonderful ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy UK and has supported many other families living with Duchenne as a volunteer and using her knowledge and experience to help improve services for those living with muscle-wasting conditions.

On receiving the award Claire told the Courier: “I feel very humbled to have received the award when I know that there are so many others who work tirelessly for the Duchenne community.

“This award isn’t for me but for my whole family and everyone who has supported us on this journey.”

Added the local lady: “ I hope that it will strengthen my position as an advocate for the Duchenne community.”

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