Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by SW Domiciliary Care
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The Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by SW Domiciliary Care recognises a special person for a prolonged period of working success either professionally or voluntarily.
Winner: Alice Reeve
I met Alice 12 years ago. Alice is very unwell, diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, ME and also Lyme disease. She has significant Arthritis (caused by Lyme Disease) and is in a great deal of pain every day, she sadly has been hospitalised a few times in the last few years, the last time being with Septic Arthritis.
Despite her very poor health Alice has been campaigning and fighting incredibly hard for patients for over a decade, with great sacrifice to her own wellbeing at times. She has been working very closely with local MP Alex Chalk and attended several Parliamentary meetings on behalf of patients, including participating in the Lyme Disease APPG.
Alice has run support groups for patients since 2009 until very recently when she became too unwell to attend them herself, although she still manages the group from her home. Alice fights daily for her own health and that of others and has made a considerable difference to many patients lives.
She is incredibly humble and would not ever consider that she should receive this award as she believes that what she does is vital and necessary.
Alice has for many years attended and also held educational seminars to educate the public and also NHS Dr's on the conditions. Fibromyalgia, ME and Lyme are not conditions that are widely known about and so Alice works hard to make sure that Dr's are aware of the plight of patients, many of whom are completely house/bed bound. Without Alice, these patients would not have had support when suffering such isolating and frightening conditions.
Finalist: Val Lampitt
Val has run Tewkesbury Old People's Welfare for 10 years and another ten as part of the committee. Tewkesbury Old People's Welfare provides us ladies of a certain age with days out and bingo nights to raise money for the charity. Even though she is in her 80’s she shows passion and really enjoys doing it. It is only a small local charity but it does a lot to help people. She is a wonderful person who is always there for people.
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