A Dorset Freemason and former soldier who helped a boy with a rare facial cleft has been made an MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours list
Wayne Ingram from United Service Lodge No. at Portland raised £140,000 for four-year-old Stefan Savic, who he first met on Army patrol in Bosnia in 2003.
Wayne, who went on to become an ambulance paramedic, said: 'I am utterly overwhelmed by the honour. Having served one's country all my adult life, this really is something meaningful and significant.'
Wayne’s fundraising exploits also include a sponsored bike ride to build a new orphanage in Mauritania when he was working as a health and safety paramedic on a gold mine.
The former staff-sergeant has also raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, spending seven days on a life raft in Portland Harbour in 2015.
Most recently he has been is working as an ambassador for a new military veterans' hub in Weymouth and volunteered as a helicopter medic during the pandemic.
Sadly Wayne has been in Dorset County Hospital since Monday battling sepsis. He is currently on his 29th antibiotic but is recovering slowly. He paid tribute to the outstanding care he is receiving from the hospital staff.
The Provincial Grand Master for Dorset Graham Glazier said: 'A very well deserved honour for Wayne. I have no doubt that the members of the Province already know what a brave man he is and will join with me in offering our congratulations and best wishes for a speedy recovery.'