Athersley man bags OBE | Barnsley Chronicle

Athersley man bags OBE | Barnsley Chronicle

A man from Athersley was in Windsor earlier this month to accept his OBE for community service.

In January 2022, David Deaves was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for voluntary and charitable service to the Wakefield community for his work with Dewsbury Ambulance Charities.

Dedicated to EMS for 49 years, David was promoted to senior ambulance driver and station officer before becoming a rapid responder before retiring.

The 69-year-old, who now lives in Wakefield, has started his own charity with the help of his colleagues through the Ambulance Service to help local people in Yorkshire live better lives, including Barnsley, which is close to David’s heart.

He told the Chronicle: “I was once on a bike ride to Bridlington and stopped off on the way and ended up buying a chalet which was then used as a shelter for the disabled and less fortunate.

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“It was great – we also took people on trips to Flamingoland when they couldn’t go on holiday.”

“I’m super excited – it’s been a year since I knew I was going to get one. It totally took me by surprise – it’s massive and definitely unexpected.”

David’s family traveled with him to Windsor.

Daughter Vicky said: “There was me and my husband Danny and my brother Paul and his partner Emma.

“There was also their daughter Beatrix, who is five, and Emma’s daughter, Hannah, who is 12.

“At the actual inauguration, I, Beatrix and my brother were with my father.

“We all had a wonderful time – the royal housekeeping staff were fabulous, especially with Beatrix who they are delighted to see as they don’t run many children.

“It was Prince William that my father met.”

Dewsbury Ambulance Charities began way back in 1980 when a trio of ambulances – as they were then called – went on a sponsored walk to raise funds for the guide dogs.

More hikes followed and within a short time they organized their own event.

David was one of the founding members and has run the charity for over 40 years, raising thousands of pounds for numerous charities and causes.

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