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MBE for Ormskirk maths mentor

Pensioner honoured for service to education

A dedicated maths mentor has been honoured for his service to education by being awarded an MBE.

Robin Steer was surprised to learn that he been given the prestigious accolade early in June but had to keep it a secret until the official release of the Queen’s Honours List.

The 73-year-old was commended for his long service to helping youngsters through their maths GCSE.

He said: “For 18 years I have done voluntary teaching at Alder Hey Hospital School and I have also worked at the Wirral Hospital School.

“I teach maths, but sometimes you feel as though you are a mentor to these young people and that is very rewarding.

“I was so surprised when I was told I was being given an MBE, it is such an honour.”

Robin moved to Ormskirk in 1966 where he brought up his two children, Heather, 48 and Brian, 51 with his wife of 52 years, Valerie, 73.

He worked at Pilkington in Lathom as a windows researcher in the labs for more than 30 years.

It was only after his retirement in 1996 that Robin decided to take on some voluntary work.

He said: “I wrote to Alder Hey Hospital saying that I was interested in teaching and they agreed.

“It has not been something I was particularly interesting in before, but I love it.”

Keen to meet the Queen Robin is hopeful that she will be the person handing him his MBE later this year.

More than one thousand people where honoured in the Queen’s birthday list which was announced on June 13 along with Ormskirk’s committed calculator whizz.

Honours have been given out to people across the Commonwealth for more than 100 years since November 9, 1901, King Edward VII’s birthday.

Robin has already planned his journey to London and is now waiting for the details of an exact date that he will be summoned to Buckingham Palace for recognition of almost two decades of dedication.

Robin will be taking his childhood sweetheart Valerie and his two children to the ceremony sometime in October.

He said: “My wife is very happy, she thinks that this is a very big deal and we are all very excited. You do not know who will be giving you the award but I do hope it is the Queen.

“My son lives just outside London so we will be staying with him, it will be lovely.”

Robin has five grandchildren aged between 14 and 20 to keep him busy while he is not volunteering.

He added: “They all say that they are very proud of me.”

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