A MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer who has single-handedly raised more than £50,000 for research into a cure for the disease is to receive a British Empire Medal for his efforts.
Stuart Rose (28), who was diagnosed with the condition 13 years ago, features in the New Year Honours list along with three other stalwarts in the north.
He has run marathons and half marathons to boost fundraising for the cause and the honour is in recognition of his services to the MS Society in Scotland.
The pupil support auxiliary, who works at Culloden Academy, said: "It’s pretty much the biggest honour I could imagine. I feel very privileged and I’m very grateful for everyone who has believed in me throughout the years."
Dr Susan Kruse is made a MBE for services as learning and development manager to community archaeology for her work with the Strathpeffer-based charity Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands.
She said: "I’m flattered to have been nominated for this award and delighted that community archaeology has been recognised in this way.
"I’ve been passionate about community participation in local heritage, and know there are many people who are similarly interested."
Another doctor, James Vestey of Drumnadrochit, is also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire – for services to dermatology.
He is a consultant dermatologist and head of service with NHS Highland.
Multi-talented John Matheson from Nairn receives a British Empire Medal for services to music, culture and charity.
The former ambulance man is a leading member of Nairn Pipe Band, a fiddle player and broadcaster.
The 1123-strong honours list predominantly features people who have given their lives to supporting others.
There was confirmation of a knighthood for ex-Beatle Ringo Starr. The same honour was bestowed on fellow pop star Barry Gibb and former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Ballerina Darcey Bussell has been made a dame.