AN EQUAL rights campaigner from Barry has been made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list announced on Friday, December 27.

Sharon Lovell, 49, receives her MBE in recognition of her services to children and young people.

Ms Lovell is the national executive director of NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) – a UK charity which offers information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults throughout England and Wales.

NYAS provides a safety net for people of all ages who have nowhere else to turn.

NYAS is independent from social services and its services are confidential

Ms Lovell, who attended Fitzalan High School in Cardiff, is also a vice chairwoman for Amnesty International UK.

She said: “I was in total shock when the letter arrived.

“It looked very official and I thought it may have been a parking fine.

“It is a great privilege to be recognised for services that make a difference to the lives of children and young people and I accept the recognition on behalf of everyone that is making this difference.”