A WOMAN who transformed Dorset's hospice movement, a former army officer, charity volunteers and a sporting star are among the Dorset people named in this year's New Year Honours List.

Five MBEs, two CBEs, one OBE, one knighthood, five British Empire Medals, and one Queen's Police Medal have been awarded.

Here's the complete list.

The former chief executive of Lewis Manning Hospice, Elizabeth Purcell has been made a Member of the British Empire for services to palliative care in Dorset.

Mrs Purcell, 66, of Poole headed up the organisation from 1998 until retiring earlier this year.

“Receiving the honour was a shock,” said Mrs Purcell. “You never expect anything like this when you are doing a job.

“I am really pleased for what this means to palliative care. It is important that it is not forgotten.

"End of life care makes such a difference to people’s lives and that is always the most important thing.”

Mrs Purcell set out a strategy to serve the end of life needs of patients suffering from terminal illness. When she took up the position in 1998, patients and their carers in East Dorset had very little choice on how and where they would die and the care they would receive.

Many would find themselves admitted in emergency circumstances to hospital and dying in a clinical hospital ward. Mrs Purcell’s vision, which she worked tirelessly towards, was to provide the choice and care for patients.

Today Lewis Manning supports patients from diagnosis to end of life, it gives the community the choice and dignity.

Four further Dorset residents have been named MBEs.

Andrew Gritt’s services to nursing and mental health while at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised.

The organiser of Twynham School’s Innovation Project, Elizabeth Perry, has received the honour.

Molly Rennie, who chairs West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum and volunteer Josephine Hastings, who works with disadvantaged people in Chogoria, Kenya, have also been given the award.

Bournemouth's Geva Mentor has been made a Commander of the British Empire for her services to netball.

The defender played a key role in England's historic gold medal at this year's Commonwealth Games.

Col John Blashford-Snell has also been made a CBE for his efforts towards scientific research abroad and to young people in the United Kingdom.

The 82-year-old founded the Scientific Exploration Society and helped set up development charity Operation Raleigh.

“A lot of my work is part of a very big team,” Col Blashford-Snell said. “Although they put my name with the gong it recognises the amazing work all the team does together."

Dorset’s top officer James Vaughan also featured in the honours list.

The chief constable was one of 32 police officers and staff to receive the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service to the force.

Dorset resident John Lewis has been knighted for his services to the arts and philanthropy, while Ian Marshall, from Poole, has been made an OBE for services to business, charity and health.

Bournemouth Citizens’ Advice volunteer Doreen Lee has been given a British Empire Medal. The award has also been given to William Stocks, chief executive of the Special Boat Service Association, for supporting service personnel, Elizabeth Pocock for services to the community in Motcombe and Alison Bennett in the Bere Regis community.

Mary Redman, 68, of Wimborne has been honoured with the medal for the contribution she has made to voluntary financial services.

She has used her years of financial experience at JP Morgan to the benefit of her community through six years of work in the volunteer team at Colehill Community Library.

“I was very honoured and it was very unexpected,” said Ms Redman. “Working at the library has been a great opportunity to get to know people in Colehill.”

Since retirement Ms Redman has support several charitable organisations and used her IT skills to improve their communication and structural programmes.