AN INTREPID Ardrossan charity campaigner has revealed her shock at being awarded an MBE.

Suzanne Fernando was revealed as the recipient of an MBE on the June birthday Honours list for her services to Cervical Cancer, Autism and Military Veterans in Ayrshire.

Since 2002 Suzanne has devoted most of her time to charity work. The three main charities that she has worked with are Cancer Research UK, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (JCCT) and North Ayrshire Cancer Care.

In 2013 she set up, and has since annually run, ‘Steps for Jo’s’, on behalf of JCCT, securing patronage from many organisations in Ayrshire for the fun runs. Steps for Jo’s now raises over £30,000 every year.

Suzanne told the Herald how a tough year has been made that bit better and how she was “overwhelmed” by the award.

She said: “What started off as the worst year with various illnesses and bedded down for almost four months has now transformed into a whirlwind of a week for me. This week I celebrated my wedding anniversary, birthday, TACT Volunteer Award, British Citizen Award and now I’ve been told I’ll be off down to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE.

“I am still in shock, I can’t quite believe what is happening and I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. I am overwhelmed, delighted and humbled to have been awarded this amazing honour. “

Suzanne does a lot for the Three Towns and wider North Ayrshire community and wants to thank those who help her out.

She added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me, especially my family whom I continue to drag here, there and everywhere setting up events and seminars. They have, are and always will be my rock.”