Musician and charity worker honoured for their work

Braintree and Witham Times: Donald Keith Coleman was awarded an BEM Donald Keith Coleman was awarded an BEM

A musician and a charity worker have been honoured for their work in the New Year’s Honours list.

More than 1,000 people have been honoured for their work including two dedicated and inspirational people from the Braintree District.

Donald Keith Coleman, 93, of Elm Rise, in Witham, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to music and the community in Rivenhall and Silver End.

Peter Hope, church warden at St Mary’s Church in Rivenhall, said: “He is known as Keith by his friends and those who know him.

“It’s very special that he’s been recognised and it is very well deserved.”

Sally Hayes-Smith, 65, of Braintree Road in Cressing, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to children and young people.

Mrs Hayes-Smith, who is the founder and executive director of Action for Kids Charitable Trust, said: “It’s all very overwhelming. I didn’t do this all on my own but this is very special.

“I feel both honoured and humbled by this award particularly as I have received it for doing a job that I loved."

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