Defoe and Dalglish recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has been awarded an OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation and Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in recognition of his 'tireless and inspirational community work'.
Jermain Defoe OBE
PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE congratulated Defoe on his inclusion in the honours: “On behalf of all our members and the staff at the PFA we’d like to congratulate Jermain on his fully deserved recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.”
Taylor beamed: “He has been an absolute credit to the profession!”
In addition to his foundations work, Defoe also struck up a special bond with Bradley Lowery, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just 18-months-old and he tragically passed away in July 2017 surrounded by his family and friends.
Speaking about the honour, the former England striker said he felt a wave of mixed emotions when he found out the news: "It's obviously mixed emotions because obviously standing here is one of the proudest moments of my life, but at the same time remembering all the hurt.
"I've got great memories of Bradley in my head, but it wasn't easy seeing someone that you love suffer like that, especially a young kid, where he didn't really understand what was going on and you have to remain positive."
Bradley’s mum Gemma said that Jermain’s award was ‘thoroughly deserved’: “I really could not be happier for him.
“To be recognised for all the work which he has done for charity is fantastic and thoroughly deserved.
“What he did for Bradley was just lovely.
“We will never forget that. We are good friends with Jermain and his partner Rachael now, we have a really close bond, and I know it will always be that way.
Sir Kenny Dalglish
Sir Kenny Dalglish, is one of the country's most successful footballers and managers.
But the official citation also listed his "tireless and inspirational community work which has made a powerful and lasting impact on Merseyside."
Gordon Taylor was delighted for the former Liverpool manager: “Sir Kenny and Lady Marina, very many congratulations to you both on your fully deserved recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“The impact you have made in so many areas has been truly outstanding!”
The citation said: "He was Liverpool manager at the time of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. He selflessly made himself available to the families of the bereaved, attending most of the funerals, organising hospital visits, and attending annual memorial services held at Anfield. He has been a steadfast supporter of the families in their quest for and throughout the Hillsborough Inquiry, and was granted Freedom of the City of Liverpool in recognition of his work. He is the co-founder of The Marina Dalglish Appeal, his family’s cancer charity which opened the £1.5m Centre for Oncology at University Hospital, Aintree in 2007 and which has raised over £10m in total."
Roisin Wood and Diane Modahl
The PFA and Gordon Taylor would also like to pass congratulations to Roisin Wood and Diane Modahl who were both recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Roisin Wood, Kick It Out’s Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to tackling discrimination in football.
Diane Modahl, founder of Diane Modahl Sports Foundation has been recognised for services to sport and to young people in North West England.
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