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NI fundraiser awarded MBE for muscular dystrophy work

Claire O’Hanlon after receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace
Claire O’Hanlon after receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace

By Staff Reporter

A tireless Tyrone fundraiser has been honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Claire O'Hanlon, who chairs Muscular Dystrophy UK's Northern Ireland council, has raised money for different Duchenne charities since her son Luke was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting condition aged just 13 months in 2012.

Through their Coalisland family fund, Leap for Luke, Claire has organised an enormous number of volunteering and fundraising events.

After receiving her MBE, she said: "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.

"I hope that it will strengthen my position as an advocate for the Duchenne community."

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