Hollybank John gets MBE prize

MBE JOHN Mr Hall has been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen's New Years Honours.
MBE JOHN Mr Hall has been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen's New Years Honours.

Hollybank Trust chairman of trustees John Hall has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his charity work.

Mr Hall, 67, has devoted the past 25 years to the trust, playing a key role in transforming it from a small charity into an £11m organisation.

He was recognised for his services to children and adults with special needs and disabilities.

Mr Hall said: “When the letter came it was a bit of a shock, but the main thing is I accepted it for all the people at Hollybank who have worked here.”

The Hollybank Trust, based in Mirfield, is a charity which provides education and residential care for people of all ages who have complex and severe disabilities.

During the past quarter of a century Mr Hall has worked passionately to create an environment where the best care and support possible is provided.

The former Castleford Grammar School pupil has been the chairman of trustees at Hollybank for the past nine years.

He said: “My family were very pleased for me, and I think everyone at the centre will be too. I am getting the award on behalf of all of them.”

Mr Hall, of Chevet Lane, Wakefield, saved the charity from going bust and has helped relocate and expand the centre so it could offer care for adults.

He also hosts an annual dinner which raises thousands of pounds for the Trust, which have funded a swimming pool and hydrotherapy centre .