The work of people from across Mersyside and Cheshire has been recognsied today in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
In Wirral, an MBE has been awarded to Dr Paul James Randle Cuthbertson, chairman of Wirral Hospice St John's, for services to palliative care.
Dorothy Sheila McIlhagga, founder of the Oldershaw Singers, received the British Empire Medal for services to music and the community.
And Graham Wilmer, founder of the New Brighton-based Lantern Project, has been awarded an MBE.
In Warrington, the mother of a boy killed in an IRA bomb blast in the town centre has been appointed OBE.
Wendy Parry's 12-year-old son Tim was killed together with three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the blast in 1993.
She set up the Foundation For Peace centre - now a national charity - in their memory with her husband Colin. He received an OBE in 2004.
The complete list of those recognised in the honours from Merseyside and Cheshire is as follows:
- Brendan Barber, former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, for services to employment relations
- Kenneth Peter Bounds for services to the community in the city of Liverpool
- Max Laurence Steinberg OBE for services to Business and to the community in Liverpool
- Rosemary Campbell from Liverpool for services to vulnerable women through her work with the UK Network of Sex Work Projects
- Claire Dove, MBE, DL. Chief executive of Blackburne House and Chair, Social Enterprise UK, for services to social enterprise
- Kathleen Elizabeth Boullen, chief executive of St Helen's Chamber, for services to Business in the North West
- Lynne Elizabeth Condell, student funding manager at Liverpool John Moores University for services to higher education
- Dr Paul James Randle Cuthbertson, chairman of Wirral Hospice St. John's, for services to palliative care
- Councillor Thomas Hargreaves, Mayor of St Helen's, for services to local government
- Brian Lawless, chair of governors, Northcote Primary School, Liverpool, for services to education
- Jane Elizabeth Morgan from Liverpool for services to midwifery in the UK and to maternity service provision in Shyira, Rwanda.
- Graham Peter Wilmer, founder of the Lantern Project, for services to survivors and victims of abuse
British Empire Medal:
- Cyril Oliver Goulbourne for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion in Formby
- Peter Healey, JP and patron of Blue Coat School Academy, Wavertree, Liverpool, for services to education
- Dorothy Sheila McIlhagga, from Wirral, founder of the Oldershaw Singers for services to music and the community
Queen's Police Medal:
- John Andrew Ward, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
Nationally, Skyfall singer Adele has added an MBE to her fast-growing collection of awards.
Adele, 25, who found worldwide fame after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006, already has a bulging trophy cabinet, from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for her James Bond song.
Also recognised is Robert Collington, the operations director of the UK's Thames Water's executive team, which was revealed last week to have paid no corporation tax this financial year. He becomes an OBE for "services to consumers" in London and the Thames Valley area, "particularly during drought".
Tony Robinson, famed for playing Black Adder's downtrodden sidekick Baldrick has admitted he was "a little gobsmacked" after being given a knighthood.
He joked that he would be rescuing "damsels in distress" and slaughtering dragons if the need arose in light of his new title.
Conservative party donor Michael Hintze, Member of the Order of Australia, was also among those to be given a knighthood, for services to the Arts. The hedge fund tycoon and philanthropist has given more than £1.2 million to the party and attended David Cameron's post-election "thank you" dinner in 2010, the Tories have previously revealed.