A Birmingham mum who launched a campaign to raise awareness of asthma after losing her 3-year-old son to the condition, has been honoured at a ceremony in the House of Lords.
Kim Douglas was awarded a British Citizen Award for her dedication to driving increased awareness of asthma through the George Coller Memorial Fund, a charity she launched following the tragic death of her son George to promote education and prevent avoidable deaths.
Since its inception in 2000, the charity has been instrumental in changing UK laws to allow emergency inhalers to be made available in schools across the UK as well as creating an the asthma online training package offering free resources to schools, hospitals and GP practices.
The British Citizen Award was launched January 2015, in partnership with InMoment, to recognise extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Kim received her BCA Medal from Pat Egan of Places for People, one of the sponsors of the award, at the Palace of Westminster on 7 July.
Kim said: “I was thrilled when they told me I was being awarded a BCA for my work to stop others going through what I did. I was completely shocked because I had no idea I was even being nominated for this award.”
The George Coller Memorial Fund has successfully helped families in their homes, bought vital hospital equipment, spearheaded a number of awareness campaigns and sponsored school nurses to take their asthma diploma and receive vital asthma training.
The charity has also employed specialised asthma nurses including funding a new George Coller Asthma Nurse within Birmingham Children's Hospital where she is now based.
Kim continued: “Bringing awareness about asthma is so important to me because so many lives can be saved with the right resources. After what happened to my son I couldn’t sit back and do nothing, I had to do something to educate and help other people to make a difference.”
Pat Egan, group executive director of Affordable Homes at Places for People, said: ‘The British Citizen Awards offers us a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the UK's unsung heroes who are making such a positive contribution. Kim's dedication and commitment following personal tragedy is inspirational and I was delighted to present her with this award – she's a truly deserving winner.’
The BCA is in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment and proud to be supported by the world’s largest optical retailer and audiologists, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; palletised freight company, Pall-Ex; and creative communications group, Beattie.
October 2016 will also see the introduction of the British Citizen Youth Award, recognising young people under the age of 16 who have positively impacted communities or particular groups and have contributed through their own endeavours to making a difference. Nominations can be made now until 16 September 2016.
To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk.
" I was thrilled when they told me I was being awarded a BCA for my work to stop others going through what I did. I was completely shocked because I had no idea I was even being nominated."
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