Sybil Phoenix, a stalwart Lewisham foster carer and former ceremonial mayor, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her community work. She received an OBE.
Sybil Phoenix’s OBE is the second honour the 81-year-old former Mayor of Lewisham has received from the Queen for community work
Mrs Phoenix runs a shelter for Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust for homeless young women.
She started fostering in 1962 and within the first 10 years she had fostered more than 100 girls and young women.
Lewisham-born author Malorie Blackman was made a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) and Rosemary Ramsey, founder and head teacher at Mount Zion Supplementary School in Lewisham was also created a DBE for services to education and the community.