Alison Mihail, a longstanding volunteer for The Trust, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The New Year’s Honours list celebrates the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK. Alison was awarded an MBE for her outstanding service to young people in the Thames Valley area and her volunteering work for The Trust has been a key part of this.

Since 1996, Alison has volunteered on various Trust committees, councils and action groups and has turned her hand to everything from managing renovation projects in Romania to setting up 26 xl clubs in secondary schools across Berkshire.

Alison has raised a phenomenal amount of money for us over the years – more than £1.4 million to date – through her role as Chair of the Thames Valley Area Development Committee, and has mentored 43 corporate teams who took part in our annual entrepreneurial fundraising challenge, Million Makers.

Outside The Trust, Alison has a long history of working with young people through teaching and pastoral care roles, and has taught almost 9,000 students over the last 30 years.

Alison’s fantastic energy and ongoing support has been a huge asset to us over the years and we are very proud that her hard work has been recognised with this very special honour.

Alison says:

“To even be nominated for the New Year’s Honours list is a wonderful compliment but when I heard I’d actually been awarded an MBE it came as an enormous surprise. I’m so pleased to represent The Trust on the list this year, it is an excellent cause and by volunteering here I feel I can make a real difference to young lives.”

Alison will receive her MBE during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2016.