John Mills with the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill, at the ceremony in which he was presented with his MBE.

John Mills presented with his MBE

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John Mill has been presented with his MBE in his home village in Derbyshire. 

Photo of the MBE awarded to John Mills

John was recognised in the New Year Honours 2023 with the award of an MBE “For services to people with rare diseases through his role as Vice Chair and Director of Operations at Vasculitis UK”. But because he is too ill to travel to London, the decision was taken to have the ceremony in his own village at his local pub. 

The honour was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill.

John was recognised for his work in transforming a small support charity into the internationally-recognised Vasculitis UK in 2010, after being diagnosed with a rare condition GPA, a type of vasculitis, in 2001. 

He was joined by members of his family, colleagues and friends in his local village pub. 

Photo of wellwishers at the ceremony to present John Mills with his MBE in Winster, Derbyshire

You can read full coverage of the ceremony here.