A Wigan business magnate who has donated millions to good causes has been rewarded for his generosity with a Queen’s 90th birthday honour.
Martin Ainscough will from now on have the letters CBE after his name - given for philanthropic services to charity, education and young people.
The 64-year-old, who with cousin Bill and Latics chairman Dave Whelan, provided the financial base for Wigan Youth Zone, today proclaimed himself a “lucky guy” to be able to help people and said that the award had come as a complete surprise.
Also preparing for a day at Buckingham Palace is Wigan nurse Fiona Murphy who has led innovative bereavement and donor work in Greater Manchester.
As assistant director of nursing for bereavement and donor support at Bolton, Salford and Wigan, she has dedicated much of her 30-year career to care for dying patients and their families.
One brainchild has been teams’ regularly pulling out all the stops to make a dying patient’s wishes come true, including hosting birthday parties at the bedside and they have even arranged for pets to make a special visit to hospital. Ms Murphy said: “I am overwhelmed and delighted to receive this accolade for our services to nursing and bereavement care. I feel truly humbled.”