A DEDICATED mental-health worker has been rewarded for his hard work and handed an OBE by the Queen.
Tom McAlpine made the trip to the luxury Buckingham Palace ballroom after being given the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Tom was awarded the honour for services to mental healthcare nationwide after 40 years work in the industry.
His roles include work as a psychiatric social worker, as well as working for various Government departments, the police and voluntary agencies.
Tom and partner Linda Wilson, who are both originally from Hartlepool, made the trip to the capital with his two children, Thomas and Jennie, who is better known as Fiz in TV soap Coronation Street.
Tom and Linda both have senior roles at Manchester-based national charity Moodswings, but will be back in Hartlepool next month for a fundraising evening.
Linda, who is chief executive of the charity, watched on with immense pride as Tom received his medal from the Queen.
She described the event as a “very traditional occasion with lots of pomp”.
Tom, who is the chairman of Moodswings, and Linda will now turn their attentions to the fundraising evening in Hartlepool which will take place at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, March 2.
As well as the event hopefully raising vital cash for the charity, it will also give soap fans the chance to win the ultimate prize.
The star prize up for grabs on the night is a guided tour of the Coronation Street set by Tom’s daughter, Jennie, as well as an overnight stay in Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.
Raffle tickets are on sale now priced at £1 per strip or six strips for £5.
They are available from the club and the Moodswings helpline is 0845 1236050.