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Mandy Islam recognised in UK New Year Honours

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Major Mandy Islam has been awarded with the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list.

She was one of 118 military service personnel to have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen.

Mandy who has raced in the UIM Voomquest V2 series this year will be attempting to set a Round Isle of Wight record next year.

Teaming up with Vee Ganjavian in his Ilmor powered Phantom USA hull, Mandy will be looking to become the fastest disabled woman to drive a powerboat around the Island.

What’s more remarkable is that the British Army Major has a rare type of blood cancer, 3 years ago Mandy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects bone marrow.

Mandy is working with the Ministry of Defence to change the way serving personnel with life-changing illnesses are looked after.

Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson said:

Today we get a chance to reflect on the hard work and courage demonstrated by our service personnel.
They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our country and their dedication has been unwavering.
The variety of those being honoured reflects the exceptional achievements of our armed forces.
It is only right that we recognise those who have demonstrated exceptional skill, bravery and courage.

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