Three south Bucks residents have been awarded a place on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2019.

Sarah Burns, 51, from Cookham Dean, Jacqui Rason, 58, from High Wycombe, and Keith Fowler, 85, from Great Missenden are all set to receive MBEs from the monarch.

Mrs Burns has been honoured for her services to disadvantaged women following her incredible commitment to the charity Smart Works.

She has been volunteering with the establishment since 2012, with many of the charity’s clients often being long term unemployed, single parents.

They regularly struggle to find suitable employment, with the charity providing interview attire to their clients, with a follow-up selection of work clothes if they were successful at their first meeting.

Following three years of charitable work at Smart Work, Mrs Burns set about establishing a Reading branch of the organisation with 60 volunteers, which has seen more than 700 women in the Thames Valley area alone get back into work.

Mrs Burns reacted by saying: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded an MBE, it is such an honour to be recognised.

“I honestly get such reward every day while working at Smart Works seeing the transformation in each woman that comes to see us, so receiving an MBE is amazing.

“It has been such a journey with many learnings also by the way so great to see the work we all do at Smart Works be recognised.”

Mrs Rason has been honoured for her services to road safety following an incident that change her life forever.

In 2011, Mrs Rason’s daughter passed away in a traffic accident and at the time, the police had no powers to immediately suspend the perpetrator’s driving licence.

The High Wycombe resident made it her mission to try and get justice for her daughter, as she identified that there was an unacceptable delay between the police informing the DVLA and licence revocation.

She worked tirelessly and lead a national campaign to equip the police with a process to enable immediate revocation of driving licences due to ill health, which lead to national stakeholders and MPs to support the campaign.

Her proactive collaboration with the police and DVLA resulted in their full support for her suggested changes to the law, and 18 months later she presented a petition with more than 45,000 signatures to the Transport Minister.

The change was made so that roadside police are now permitted to revoke a licence within two hours by telephone and email rather than in writing.

Since this change, more than 1,000 licences been taken away.

Mrs Rason now spends large amounts of her spare time taking part in fundraising activities for the Essex and Herts air ambulance.

The 58-year-old said: “I’m so proud my daughter’s memory has been recognised in this way and I never expected for this to happen.

“I got great support from a reporter who worked on an Essex paper along with numerous MPs and it was hard emotionally to do after everything my family went through as we suffered tremendously, but I got myself out of that emotionally and focused on what I had to do.

“When the change came through, it was such a relief.”

Mr Fowler has been honoured for his charitable services.

Since 1978 he has been a supporter, trustee and director of NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society Charity), which offers financial grants to those suffering hardship or illness.

The charity also offers career coaching and workshops on key issues which support wellbeing such as mental health.

He has been on the committee for 39 years. He founded the NABS Finance and Investment Committees in 1988 and introduced new processes and appointed advisors to ensure the remaining reserves were invested for the future of NABS.

In the last five years alone NABS has spent almost £19 million helping and supporting those who are elderly and vulnerable.

He is also the president of the Peterhouse Retirement Complex (in association with NABS) which provides 75 elderly residents with sheltered housing and a trustee of Abbeyfield Research Foundation, where he oversees the funds for cutting edge research that provides evidence to inform decisions and direct policy development.