Bradford surgeon picks up MBE at Buckingham Palace

Pioneering ENT consultant surgeon, Professor Chris Raine, travelled to Buckingham Palace this week to collect his MBE medal.

Chris, who was behind the creation of our £2.8m Listening for Life Centre, as well as the founder of our Ear Trust charity, collected his recently-bestowed MBE medal from the Princess Royal on Tuesday.

He said: “It was an incredible experience to be presented with my medal at the Buckingham Palace service and a real honour to represent The Ear Trust charity and the NHS here in Bradford.

“We had a wonderful day and, during my conversation with the Princess Royal, it was clear that she knew a lot about our charity and the impact deafness has on people’s lives. She was also very much aware of the importance of what we have achieved here at Bradford Royal Infirmary with the establishment of the Listening for Life Centre and the fantastic work that takes place there.

“It was a great day and one that I, my wife Anne, and my children, will remember forever.”

Chris set up the Ear Trust in the early 90s to buy cochlear implants for patients at a time when the NHS didn’t provide them.

It was a triple celebration for Chris as last month the Ear Trust celebrated its 25th anniversary and in August, the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service, which he established and which has given the gift of hearing to almost 1,000 people by carrying out 940 life-changing cochlear implants, turned 25 too.