Trio’s joy at honours

Jean Hardy, MBE
Jean Hardy, MBE

THREE women are celebrating after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Hawa Bibi Laher, Jean Hardy and Carole Whittingham were singled out for their contributions to education and charity.

H/S Carole Whittingham of Rastrick. -warlwhvj-

H/S Carole Whittingham of Rastrick. -warlwhvj-

Mrs Laher, who lives in Crowlees Close, Mirfield, was awarded an OBE.

She has been a teacher for 24 years and headteacher of Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Huddersfield since 2003.

Mrs Laher, 58, said: “It came as a total surprise. When I got the letter I thought it was a joke at first.

“I’ve had lots of congratulations from people which is lovely, but really I couldn’t have done the job if I hadn’t had such fantastic parents, pupils, staff and governors.”

An MBE will be presented to Mrs Hardy, a former Dewsbury Secondary Technical School pupil, for her work as a college governor.

Mrs Hardy and her husband, Robin, lived in Mirfield before moving to Nottinghamshire in 1986.

She joined the governors at West Nottinghamshire College in 1992 and has been chairwoman for the last 15 years.

“I am absolutely honoured and delighted to receive an MBE,” she said.

“I have enjoyed immensely my 20 years with the college and as chair I’ve seen it go from strength to strength.”

Meanwhile, the founder of a Mirfield-based charity has been awarded an MBE.

Carole Whittingham set up Support and Care After Road Death and Injury (SCARD) after her son Steven was killed by a drink and drugs driver in 1992.

Mrs Whittingham, of Brighouse, said she was overwhelmed to learn she had been chosen.

She said: “I don’t see it as an award for me. It’s for the whole of SCARD and for the people who have been involved in it from the start like my husband and some of the trustees who have done so much work.”