A BORDERS woman has been named in the New Year Honours List.

Laura Alcock-Ferguson, the founding director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, will receive an MBE for "services to people experiencing loneliness in later life".

Ms Alcock-Ferguson is now the chief executive officer of the Ancient Tree Forum. The UK Government lists her residence as “Galashiels, Scottish Borders”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the outstanding efforts of those receiving honours today are a welcome reminder of the strength of human spirit, and of what can be achieved through courage and compassion.

“The 2021 New Year Honours offer us an opportunity to salute their dedication and recognise many who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our country.

“As we begin a new year and continue to come together to fight this virus, may their service and stories be an inspiration to us all.”