Belfast Telegraph

Widow honoured by Queen

A Newtownabbey woman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to police welfare.

Mrs Jean Saunderson has been secretary of the Newtownabbey Police Voluntary Welfare Group for the past 31 years.

The 69-year-old whose policeman husband was killed in a road traffic collision in 1975, has selflessly devoted most of her life on a voluntary basis to the welfare of police families.

In the mid-1970s, as a growing number of police officers were injured or killed as a result of terrorism, Mrs Saunderson was one of the first to volunteer her services to her local police welfare group in Newtownabbey. Her role involves working with bereaved police families, dependents and pensioners, as well as injured and retired officers.

When asked about the award Mrs Saunderson said: “I was very much surprised but highly delighted. We have a very good welfare group and I see this as an honour for all of us.”

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