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Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Years Honours - Lucy Watts MBE

To my wonderful friends, family and supporters, I have a very, very exciting announcement to make: I am now 

Lucy Watts MBE

I have been appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List!! 
MISS LUCY ALEXANDRIA WATTS             22 yrs old            (BENFLEET, ESSEX)
For services to Young People with Disabilities
She has worked tirelessly to be an advocate for other young people with health and disability conditions and to educate others about the needs of children and young people who require constant 24/7 care and the challenges they face. She uses social media to write and speak for charities and for those without a voice, wanting to make her life count and inspiring others to do the same. She posts regularly on her website Lucy’s Light - most recently to promote Dying Awareness Week in May 2015. Her main focus of activity has been children’s palliative care. She has extended this to influencing national policymakers and expert advisers to government.

I am so, so amazed, honoured, proud and humbled that people think me worthy of such an accolade. I still cannot get used to being referred to as MBE or having MBE written after my name; it is surreal. My brain is struggling to comprehend what has happened, I am so, so happy and just so grateful to everyone for getting me to this point. 

I would not be here without the support of friends and followers, of the charities who entrust me with the job of representing their charity or cause, of all the many people who have given me opportunities they have: attending Parliament (twice, speaking once), the Department of Health three times (including co-chairing an event there on 1st December 2015), becoming the spokesperson for the Open University Sexuality Alliance and Together for Short Lives' "Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships" guidance, being Ambassador for Together for Short Lives, the first Global Youth Ambassador at the International Children's Palliative Care Network, Trustee of the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust, Ambassador for Dreams Come True and Community Champion and End The Awkward blogger for Scope, and so many other wonderful opportunities. 

It has been truly wonderful and I look forward to all the things we will get up to in 2016 and I hope the MBE will open up some doors too. 

Many thanks for your support, here are a list of links and bits about the MBE which will probably be updated many times. 

MBE awarded to Together for Short Lives’ Young Ambassador Lucy Alexandria Watts 

ITV News Article and Filmed Clips

Article in The Guardian about my MBE

Benfleet's Campaigning Lucy Watts Awarded MBE - Yellow Advertiser

Listen to my BBC Essex appearance here - New Years Day, 01/01/16
I'm on at around 2hrs 40mins, so a friend told me. 

(c) Echo News/NQE
At Sky News Studios/Sky News HQ
At Sky News Studios/Sky News HQ
In the Echo, 31.12.15

Congratulations to our inspiring young Ambassador Lucy Watts on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours...
Posted by Together for Short Lives on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Way to go Lucy Watts! You have certainly earned your place on the Queens New Years honours list for an MBE. You work...
Posted by Treats2sit4 on Thursday, 31 December 2015

About Lucy Watts MBE

Lucy is a 24 year old young adult with a complex and life-limiting condition. Lucy writes, speaks, appears in videos and in the media, proof reads, reviews grant applications and other work for various charities, and works with numerous charities on a long-term basis. Lucy was appointed MBE in the 2016 New Years Honours for services to young people with disabilities, which she received at 22 years old. Lucy views her life as "glass always full" and appreciates all she has. Lucy has her Assistance Dog Molly, whom she trained with help from the charity Dog A.I.D. Lucy and Molly do all they can to raise awareness of Assistance Dogs and of the charity, Dog A.I.D.
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