June Ross has been awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to disadvantaged people.  Ms Ross founded charity Esther Community Enterprise in 2006 to aid the homeless and other socially excluded people in London by distributing surplus food donated from retailers. She started out with 10 volunteers feeding 450 people from her own kitchen each month and now the charity, which was awarded the Queen’s award for voluntary services in 2011, feeds over 25,000 people per month nationally.

Joana Smith, from Thornton Heath, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her work in childcare. A childminder for more than 17 years, she became a member of Croydon Childminding Network in June 2002, which she has chaired twice, and has been the lead support childminder for Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) in Croydon since 2008.
She began volunteering for PACEY in 2012 and has recently been made an honorary life member of the association.