Seaford mum receives new year's honour

A SEAFORD mum who helped set up a support group for amputees and people with limb loss is set to be made an OBE.

Diane Mulligan, who lost a leg above the knee following a road accident in Indonesia, found out she had been awarded the prestigious accolade for her services to disability and equality.

The Heathfield Road resident, pictured, currently works for Sightsavers International, an eye care charity based in Haywards Heath.

The vast majority of Diane's role sees her working with blind people and supporting the groups they belong to, and she also works with the equality and human rights commission and is a member of its disabled committee.

One of the 43-year-old's achievements includes setting up a support group for fellow amputees and people with limb loss with fellow amputee Welly O'Brien after being inspired by her story.

She said, "After the road accident I came back to the UK to get rehabilitation and a prosthetic leg.

"The service by the NHS was incredible but I felt it lacked emotional support that I needed and I decided to set up the Sussex Amputee Support group to offer resources, information and emotional support."

Diane, who has a nine-year-old son, will be made an OBE at a special ceremony. Diane, who has been fast-tracked to take part in rifle shooting for the paralympic team and also hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics, said of the OBE, "For me, it's about recognition and is a nice reward for what's been quite a hard year of work but it also reflects the recognition of other people who supported me and disabled people who have supported me to do whatever I can.

"Without these people I would not have got this award."

For more information about the Sussex Amputee Support group please visit the website: www. sussexamputeesupport.co.uk