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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 disabled 22 year old young lady with life-limiting complications of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She writes and speaks for a number of charities and runs this blog. She is an Ambassador for Together for Short Lives and Dreams Come True, Trustee for the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust and is the first Youth Ambassador for the International Children's Palliative Care Network, also working with charities such as Scope and the Council for Disabled Children as well as Association for Young People's Health via the Young People's Health Partnership, the Children's Health and Wellbeing Forum and the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum. Lucy was appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours 2016 for her Services to Young People with Disabilities.
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