A new Honours system which recognises everyday people for their positive impact on society is being launched on Thursday (29th January 2015) at the Palace of Westminster in London.
The British Citizen Awards will present 28 individuals with their Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words –‘For the Good of the Country’ at a presentation ceremony hosted by The Baroness Cox of Queensbury. Those being honoured will also be invited to use the initials BCA after their name
The Queen’s Honours system has over recent times attracted an increasing amount of criticism. Many question the integrity and transparency of the process and the fact that the Honours appear weighted in favour of the rich, famous or celebrities. The British Citizen Awards offer a refreshing alternative where people that are committed to having a positive impact on society are also recognised for doing so.
The British Citizen Awards Co-Founder, Mike Faulkner said: “There are literally thousands of people across the UK making life better for others, and until now with no formal recognition open to them. This programme, which many see as an alternative Honours System, has been created to enable every individual across the country to nominate someone who they feel deserves to be recognised”.
Among the first to receive a Medal of Honour is a woman who has spent 20 years proving to the medical profession the benefits of early detection of chronic diseases, and has trained dogs to detect them. Another is a man who has relentlessly fought for 15 years to have Governments and aircraft manufacturers recognise the danger of air contamination in aircraft, resulting in design changes making air travel safer for everyone. One woman opened a centre for young mums 36 years ago which has offered a second chance to many young women on the margins, allowing them opportunity and education.
The British Citizen Awards is accessible to all, welcoming nominations from people from all walks of life who have been moved by the kindness and selfless acts of others. Deputy Chairman of the Liberal Democrats, The Lord Dholakia commented: “These awards are society’s way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the positive contribution being made by these extraordinary people”.
“We have nothing but respect for the Honours system but believe that a more accessible recognition programme is long overdue. Through this system, deserving individuals can have an experience similar to the elite few who are bestowed a traditional Queen’s Honour”, concluded Mike Faulkner.
To nominate someone exceptional visit http://britishcitizenawards.co.uk