She has spent more than 50 years helping thousands of people.
And at the age of 73, Christine Pickavance shows no signs of letting up.
And that’s why today she has been honoured with an MBE in the Queens’ Birthday Honours.
Fittingly, she celebrated with children at Birdsedge First School where she has been a governor and a volunteer work for years.
Another celebrating was retired surveyor Malcolm Ellis, of Netherthong, who receives the MBE for his work with the construction industry and for his charity work.
He was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and since then has helped raise thousands for cancer charities.
Mrs Pickavance, who lives in Stocksmoor with husband Peter, is a mother of three and a grandmother to eight.
She said: “I was shocked. There are so many deserving people out there”.
She and RAF officer Peter were in Lincolnshire when she began her community work, setting up a nursery for young mums on the base. In the years that followed, she ran youth clubs, theatre schools, swimming clubs and gym classes for thousands of families.
“We moved to Huddersfield 13 years ago for the family and I got involved at the school. I have also been in the Samaritans since I came here and for the past eight years have trained all the new Samaritans in Huddersfield. I’m also a member of the WI”.
Mr Ellis, 61, is married to Karen and has sons Richard and Robert and a grand-daughter, Ruby.
He recently retired after 42 years with AHR Surveyors in Huddersfield and admits: “I loved the work and the people.
“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and having already done some charity work, decided to focus my efforts on cancer charities.
“I have done the Great North Run and the London Marathon and also completed cycle rides, including a 750-mile ride around our offices across the country.
“It was a big surprise to get the honour but as Lenny Henry said, I’m chuffed”.
Mrs Christine Wilkinson, of Huddersfield, has received the MBE for services to the textiles industry. In 2012 became the first woman president of Huddersfield Textile Society in its 120-year history.
A well-known figures in the field of textile technology, she is an associate of the Textile Institute, is a chartered Textile Technologist and holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Textiles. She was a lecturer in textile technology at Huddersfield Polytechnic where she later became acting head of the Department of Textile Industries.
Andrew McConnell, director of finance at the University of Huddersfield, receives an OBE.
Mirfield-born Mr McConnell was appointed finance director at Huddersfield in 2001. He graduated in mathematics from Manchester University. He was a partner in a number of practices is a former president of the Huddersfield Society of Chartered Accountants.
Andrew lives in Liversedge with his wife Diane and they have two grown-up children Jamie and Sally. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour and also very surprised.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career, working as a Chartered Accountant in Huddersfield for more than 30 years and also involved in education governance, leading to my post as Financial Director at a University, which is really going places! It has all been highly rewarding, so to be awarded an OBE as well is an unexpected, but thrilling bonus”.
Huddersfield doctor Judith Hooper receives the MBE. She recently retired as Kirklees director of public health, having held the post for 21 years and then returned part-time at a Meltham Road surgery.
And there is a knighthood for Yorkshire tourism boss Gary Verity.