The founder of a hospice home care service for the terminally ill has been awarded a CBE for her community work. Harriet Copperman launched the hospice as a 24-hour day care service from her flat in Wilton Road, Muswell Hill, caring for hundreds of sick people across North London. For the last 14 years she has been nursing director of the Finchley-based North London Hospice home care service working alongside GPs and nurses. The service allows people in the Finchley, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield areas to be looked after in their own homes. The hospice itself has 20 beds for the terminally ill. Ms Copperman, 53, whose award has been made for services to community care, took early retirement last summer. Before setting up the charity-run hospice she spent seven years helping to develop St Joseph's Hospice Home Care Service in Hackney and was one of three nurses who set up a similar support service at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead. Ms Copperman, who originally worked as a district nurse in Camden, said: "I feel very honoured and privileged but obviously this is a team effort."
Judith Stone, who has dedicated years of her life to improving the quality of life and education for young children, has been rewarded with an MBE. Ms Stone, of Langdon Park Road, Highgate, ran the South Highgate Parents' Club in the '70s and was UK director of the International Year of the Child in 1979. But it is her work over the past 10 years as chief executive of the London-based charity, the National Early Years Network, which has earned her recognition. For more than 20 years, the charity has offered training and support for early years workers and nursery teachers all over the country. Ms Stone, who has recently retired from running the charity, said: "The charity is entirely child-focused, looking at issues to do with child care and concerned with improving the quality of life for young children and opportunities for play, leisure and creative arts by supporting the people who work with them. "It is a registered charity but it is tiny. The award is particularly gratifying because it's difficult to get recognition for a cause that is not frontline but about supporting the back room workers. "It was a lovely surprise to see that work recognised."
Maureen Lipman is reflecting on l998 with an extra sense of achievement following her triumphant return to the London stage and her fightback against cancer. The Muswell Hill-based actress and writer, who has been awarded a CBE for her services to comedy drama, bounced back from illness last year to play Aunt Eller in Trevor Nunn's critically acclaimed production of Oklahoma! at the National. Ms Lipman, 52, who has just spent three weeks at Shepperton Studios recording Oklahoma! for Sky TV, is now preparing for a second run of the hit show at the Lyceum Theatre later this month. "I am very honoured, although probably in my case CBE means Clapped-out But Excited," she said. "I am just praying my invitation to the Palace to receive the award does not clash with a matinee performance, otherwise I'll have to pick up it when I next bump into Her Majesty in Sainsbury's." Two years ago Ms Lipman underwent a successful operation to remove a tumour from her spine. She suffered a new health scare last year when a second growth was found but it proved to be benign. "I am overwhelmed to receive the award," she said. "Who knows why it suddenly happens? There is no rhyme or reason for it. It's a coming together of lots of things."
Clive Gillinson, who has been awarded a CBE for his services to music, has transformed the fortunes of the London Symphony Orchestra since becoming its managing director. The crisis-hit orchestra had just sacked its former boss and faced bankruptcy when Mr Gillinson, who lives in Muswell Hill, took the helm in l984. Since then the reputation of the LSO has gone from strength to strength and it now performs all round the world. Mr Gillinson, 52, began his career with the Barbican Centre-based orchestra as a member of its cello section in l970 before going into management. "Ironically, had it not been for the disastrous position the orchestra was in, it would never have happened. I thought I was going to be a musician for the rest of my life," he said. Mr Gillinson, who ran an antique shop in Heath Street, Hampstead, with his wife Penny for 10 years until l986, welcomed the award as recognition not only of his own achievements but of the orchestra as a whole. "I feel any great arts organisation is never about just one person but about a whole team of people and everyone working together," he said.