MBEs for charity worker and children’s role model 

A charity worker and an “outstanding" children’s role model are among the Scarborough people recognised in the Queen’s new-year honours list.

Pam Morgan and James Cliffe have been awarded MBEs.

Pam Morgan’s is for services to charity, especially local swimming clubs.

Pam spent 36 years with the Swimming for the Disabled group and 25 with Scarborough Castle Long-Distance Swimming Association, now disbanded.

Her achievements with the latter include three relays swims in a week across the English Channel in 1986, which had never been done before; and a two-way junior swim across the Channel in 1987.

Pam’s husband Trevor, who died in 2007, was also heavily involved with the same voluntary work.

Pam was on the British Long-Distance Swimming committee for about 25 years. She was president twice, officiating and presenting awards all over country.

In the 1990s Pam undertook five long-distance swims, at Coniston, Winderere, Bala lake in north Wales and, in Scarborough, the Castle foot and from Scalby Mills to the Spa.

“Charity and swimming have been my life”, Pam says. “I’ve never known anything else for over 50 years”. She still swims occasionally but has pain in her legs and knees after swimming breast stroke for so long.

Pam once raised £1,000 for a drinks machine at the hospital’s Macmillan unit. She helped set up the hospital’s charity shop, which recently closed.

James Cliffe is the county council’s manager of one of the most innovative services in the country for children and young people in the care system.

He is in charge of No Wrong Door, a nationally acclaimed service which supports young people aged 12-25 who are either in care, on the edge of care or supported in independent accommodation.

A former soldier who served in Basra and an ex-prison officer, he is determined to give the children in his care – some of society’s most vulnerable – a good life.

No Wrong Door was created by the county council and serves the county’s most vulnerable children and young people through two hubs – one based in Scarborough, the other in Harrogate. James is involved in the leadership of both.

Last summer, Ofsted rated No Wrong Door as outstanding in every category and James as “an outstanding role model for staff, young people and other professionals. Young people are left in no doubt that the registered manager and staff will go all out to help them”.

He says: “I love my job and look forward to many more years developing this work and pushing forward. I am very proud of this honour which is also a tribute to the great team I work with.

“A lot of the kids who come to us through No Wrong Door have given up hope. When you come from a family background where there is substance misuse or alcohol dependency and poor mental health, the future is too unknown, you don’t have aspirations. Our job is to build up relationships and build up their confidence. We have a whole team dedicated to that, doing whatever is necessary to keep them safe and give them a future”.

As well as being a lynchpin for the operation and hugely respected by the young people supported by No Wrong Door, James also fosters with his wife Sarah, a teacher.

Along with their birth sons Jack, 9, and Sam, 7, the couple have four foster sons: James, 20, and Daniel, 18, who are brothers; Dan, 19, and Kyle, 17, who have come through the No Wrong Door service.