A SOCIAL worker from St Ives has been appointed MBE for her award-winning service for families.
Nikki Bradley, who runs a family intervention service in London's Tower Hamlets said she was "thrilled" to hear her name on the New Year's Honours List.
The news has only just come to light because the Government only sends regionalised lists of awards to local media.
The Cornishman found out about Nikki's award when her colleagues got in touch.
"I couldn't believe it," said Nikki.
"I'm honoured to receive this award and hope it will bring recognition to the hard work and dedication of all the staff in my service and our partners."
Born Nikki Davis, she started at St Ives Infants' School in 1968 and then moved to St Ives Junior School in 1970.
A school report from St Ives Infants' School dated 1970 said Nikki "shows much initiative and has the personality and initiative to lead".
After passing her 11-plus in 1974 she attended Penzance Girls' Grammar School until 1979 and went on to complete her A levels at Cornwall Technical College.
Nikki started her degree and social work training course at Middlesex University in 1981 and practised as a social worker before founding the Family Intervention Service in 2007.
In 2009, the service, then known as the Family Intervention Project, won a Guardian Public Service Award for its innovative partnership with Poplar Housing and Community Regeneration Association.