A Burntwood woman has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours.
Kathy Coe received the honour for her work founding and running the Pathway Project, which helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
She created a 24-hour helpline after surviving domestic violence herself. Originally set up in a spare bedroom, it was manned by a group of volunteers.
Fundraising followed which led to the creation of a refuge for victims opening in 1994.
The charity’s services were extended into Lichfield and Tamworth in 2003. It now provides refuge for up to 20 women and their families at any one time.
Lorna Walker, chair of the Pathway Project, said: “This MBE award is a recognition of Kathy’s selfless sacrifice and the high commitment of her team in turning around the lives of victims who become survivors, many of whom go on to be achievers in their future life.
“On behalf of staff, trustees, partners and service users I wish to congratulate Kathy on this wonderful award.”