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The founder and CEO of First Days Children’s Charity, Emma Cantrell, has been made an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list. 

Emma received the honour for her services to vulnerable children.

“This is an incredible honour, which I am humbled to receive. This work has been a labour of love for a decade of my life and I never fail to be utterly blown away by the incredible families we support. It is an honour to be able to play a part in restoring dignity, choice and power to our local community through the work of First Days Children’s Charity.


We don’t do this work for recognition, but if more people like me can be recognised in this way then that would be brilliant for the communities we serve. I am privileged to be surrounded by a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to support families.


Despite the very difficult circumstances we find ourselves in during a cost of living crisis, and a funding crisis for the small charity sector, we continue to work hard to help as many families as we can. I hope that this honour will show more people the fantastic work that First Days’ does so we can carry on supporting families for as long as they need us.”

Emma Cantrell, MBE

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