Martyn Hooper, our Founder & Chair recognised in New Year’s Honours

31 Dec, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the founder and current chairman of the PAS has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire – MBE.
The award comes about after Martyn was nominated by one or more members of the society over the past few years. He has been awarded the MBE for “services to people with Pernicious Anaemia”.

The process involves much secrecy and references from patients, medical professionals and other interested parties were collected to evaluate the nomination. Martyn was invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May of 2016 and he will be returning in the next 7 months for his official investiture.
The investiture is organised by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’ Palace.

Martyn was informed of his MBE in late November and one of the criteria for accepting the honour was that he would keep it strictly confidential.
We offer our congratulations to Martyn who has accepted the honour on behalf of all members and volunteers of the Pernicious Anaemia Society and send our thanks to all those involved in the process including the referees and nominators.
Well done Martyn Hooper MBE !

See also the Press release

More on this story:
Wales Online

Martyn Hooper, who has dedicated his life to fighting for better recognition of what he has dubbed a ‘forgotten disease’, also received an MBE.
Martyn, 57, from Brynmenyn, Bridgend, who received the recognition for his services to people with pernicious anaemia, said: “I am privileged to be made a member of this distinguished order and I accept it graciously on behalf of all those who help the PA Society do what it does.”

12 Comments

  1. julie auger

    Fantastic news Martyn, a great man who has help so many in getting pa heard and recognized more. Congratulations Martyn

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  2. Mary EPKE

    Martyn deserves a knighthood – nothing less . But I’m pleased that he has been recognised . He is a true modern hero . Thank you Martyn from the bottom of my heart .

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  3. Julie mills

    Congratulations and well done for all the dedication you have put in to raising awareness of this devastating and mainly misunderstood illness ?

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  4. Sharon way

    That is fantastic news, well done Martyn. Without your help and help from pas I’d still be in the state I was not knowing much about pa. You truly deserve it.

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  5. Jane

    Well deserved award. Thank you for your untiring efforts to get better recognition of, and improved treatment for, this debilitating illness that few people know about and even fewer seem to care.

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  6. Susan Wheeler

    Very well done Martyn and thank you on behalf of the vitamin B12 starved British Nation. If they want me to run a successful business then I need my B12! Congratulations

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  7. Laura

    Well Done Martyn..without your help, and the advice of others in the PA society I would not still be working and dealing with this debilitating illness….I felt I was losing my life and became so ill and without the society’s help I very much doubt I would still be alive today. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  8. Zeena Nackerdien

    Well done for capping a long journey with this well-deserved reward. So many other sufferers around the world now know that they are not alone.

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  9. adele

    Congratulations Martin!

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  10. Ian Rodgers

    What marvellous news. Well done Martyn. You deserve this honour particularly as you have never been motivated by wanting personal praise for all that you have done rather your concern has been the welfare of others and establishing a greater understanding of PA, its effects and finding better treatments. Thank you.

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  11. shirley white-ellul

    Congratulations Martyn! This is fantastic news about a well-deserved award for you. Because of your work doctors across the world are able to learn about the complexities of PA, that there is not just a one-size-fits-all type of prescriptive treatment for it. I was able to meet with my new oncologist/hematologist and provide the data she needed to help her patients. Thank you for all your devotion to getting the latest information out to PA patients, families, practitioners and the undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Because of you, there are many of us living better lives with PA.

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