An inspirational woman who works for Dinnington based children’s charity Safe@Last has been given an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Tracy Haycox is described as the ‘heartbeat’ of the young runaways charity and was listed in the Queen’s birthday honours for her work as director of children and young people’s services for the organisation.
She was handed the prestigious medal by the Queen and while her family watched proudly.
Afterwards Tracy had the chance to schmooze with stars such as cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins and cricketer Wasim Khan.
“It was a great honour to receive my MBE from Her Majesty the Queen,” said Tracy, who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and carried the Olympic torch.
“She was very gracious and expressed an interest in the work of Safe@Last, wishing us every success for the future.”
Tracy joined Safe@Last in 2005 and has been responsible for expanding and developing services across South Yorkshire.
She has been instrumental in setting up the SAFEPLACE refuge, lobbying government, developing national action plans to help runaways and speaking at conferences.
On top of this she still has one to one contact with many young people.
She said: “I am very honoured to have received this recognition which is not only for my own work but is really a reflection on my family and my colleagues also.”
“I have a fantastic team behind me and I am very proud to work alongside such a dedicated group of people who give so much of themselves.”
“I’m very passionate about making a difference to young runaways who often find themselves, through no fault of their own, in difficult and dangerous situations and I am humbled that my contribution has been recognised in this way.”
Chair of trustees Dan Dean said: “Tracy has been the heartbeat of our service delivery for many years. Her dedication to the needs of the young people we work with is inspirational for all at Safe@Last.”