Sandy Gall wins award for aiding Afghan disabled

Veteran journalist Sandy Gall said he was "very honoured" after he was recognised in the New Year Honours list.

The 83-year-old has been awarded the CMG order of St Michael and St George for charity work in Afghanistan.

The former ITN News at Ten reader founded Sandy Gall's Afghanistan Appeal (SGAA) which, since 1986, has provided artificial limbs and walking aids for more than 20,000 patients and physiotherapy treatment for nearly 50,000 patients.

The charity aims to treat the disabled people of Afghanistan by providing prostheses, orthoses and physiotherapy care.

Mr Gall, who has previously been awarded a CBE, said: " I and my family set up a charity to look after disabled Afghans when I first went out to report from Afghanistan for ITV in the early 80s and it's still going as a family concern.

"I am very proud not just on my behalf but on behalf of all the family and my wife and my daughter Fiona, who has worked for several years in Kabul and Afghanistan.

"It's really been a family thing and that's why I'm very pleased. It's really a tribute to the whole family and not just me."