DARRYL Lee, the Altrincham based property developer and investor has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Darryl, who is a chartered surveyor, has been involved in property development and investment for over 20 years, prior to which he was a commercial agent.

He helped oversee the development of 2 St Peter’s Square and The Peninsula for the Done Family and more recently is working with PJD Property on developments on Quay Street and Express Networks in Ancoats.

The prestigious award has been made in recognition of Darryl’s services to charity and the Jewish community in Manchester.

His charitable achievements have included the development of a £1.75m community and sports club in Prestwich known as Manchester Maccabi Community and Sports Club, for which he also helped secured a £1 million grant from lottery funding and for which he has raised more than £500,000 for the sports and social activities of the club.

Since the club opened in 2006, he has hosted a number of events including Sportsmans dinners and white collar boxing events to raise funds.

In recent times he has also raised funds for Seashell Trust and Manchester Maccabi hosting a joint evening With Sir Howard Bernstein and Gary Neville in 2017 and a White Collar Boxing event, in partnership under the Business Heavyweights brand, in 2018 for Manchester Maccabi, Seashell Trust and The Booth Centre which raised £150,000 for the three organisations.

Speaking about the award, Darryl Lee said “It is obviously an honour to receive such an award. Manchester Maccabi is used by the wider North Manchester community regardless of race, religion or gender and it is rewarding to see the club used in this way.

“I have been involved in a number of projects over the years with Manchester Maccabi at the forefront of my commitments.

“Property is a business based on building a network of contacts over years in the business and I have been able to use these to benefit various organisations.

I have to thank my family as I have spent many nights out in meetings and my only regret is that my Dad, Aubrey Lee, who was also in property, did not survive to see me get the MBE.”