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Record of Achievements

A timeline of Lucy's, and Lucy and Molly's, achievements.




2010

GCSEs:

A*, 3 As, 2 Bs, 1 C and 2 Distinctions 

A* - Sociology, A - English, Biology and Physics. B - Maths and Chemistry, C - French, Distinctions - IT x2. 

Diana Award


The Diana Award is presented to inspirational or socially active young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. 


Click here to read the article

Click here to go to the Diana Award website


Jack Petchey Award

The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding.
“We do it because we want to help young people raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.” Jack Petchey
Click here to go to the Jack Petchey Foundation website 

2011


January 2011 - 


Lucy appears in the evening Echo about fundraising for a wheelchair to go to college
See the photo here and the article here


August 2011 - 

Filming for The J's Hospice

Lucy
Watch it here
Click here to go to The J's Hospice website


2012


Lucy's story in Ehlers-Danlos Support UK's newsletter Fragile Links
Read it here
Click here to go to the EDS UK website

December 2012 - 


Started this blog, originally called Overcoming Obstacles

Lucy


2013


March 2013 - 


Started Molly's blog

www.facebook.com/mollydogwithablog

May 2013 - 


Filming for The J's Hospice

Lucy (and Molly)
Click here to watch The J's Hospice video
Click here to go to The J's Hospice website


17th May 2013 - 


Lucy became involved with Together for Short Lives
Click here to go to their website


14th September 2013

Lucy writes her experience of The J's Hospice young adult group Inspire! 
Click here to read it


10th October 2013 - 


Article written by Lucy in Dogs Today Magazine

Click here to go to the Dogs Today website
Click here to read the article


19th November 2013 - 


Lucy spoke in Parliament at a reception for MPs by Together for Short Lives
Read it here or on the Together for Short Lives website here



10th December 2013 - 

Billericay Dog Training School 

Working Partnership Trophy - Lucy and Molly



2014

January 2014 - 


ehospice start republishing Lucy's blogs on their website

Click here to go to the ehospice website
Read Difficult Conversations on the ehospice website
Read Is There A Right Time To Die on the ehospice website

Read Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Are You Aware? on the ehospice website
Read Why Is Death A Taboo? on the ehospice website
Read Lucy Watts is invited to the Department of Health on the ehospice website
Read The Coping Cliff on the ehospice website



18th February 2014 - 


Appearance on ITV News about Crufts

Lucy, mum Kate and Molly
Watch it here


February 2014 - 


Lucy wrote the piece called "Difficult Conversations" for the National Council for Palliative Care 

Read it here
Go to the NCPC website


6th-9th March - 

Channel 4 Crufts coverage

Lucy and Molly
Watch our video here


9th March 2014 - 


Crufts Friends for Life winners - and £1,500 won for Dog A.I.D.

Lucy and Molly 
Watch us win here
Watch our post-win interview here


11th March 2014 - 


The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Lucy and Molly


12th March 2014 - 


BBC Essex Radio

Lucy (and a Molly bark)

BBC Look East

Lucy and Molly
Watch it here


17th May 2014 - 


Dogs Today Medal 
Molly
Read about it here


4th June 2014 - 


Lucy spoke at the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Summit

Read it here or on the Together for Short Lives website here


June 2014 - 


Filmed a video diary for Children's Hospice Week 13-20th June 2014

Lucy, mum Kate and Molly
Watch it here


An article by Lucy appeared in the ECDP magazine

Read the whole newsletter here 
Click here to go to the ECDP website


4th July 2014 - 


Lucy became an ambassador for Dreams Come True

Click here to go to their website


August 2014 - 


Lucy's blog hit 40,000 views



Blog name changed to Lucy's Light 


Lucy became involved with the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust

Click here to go to their website



10th September 2014 - 

Lucy became a member of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum
https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/children-and-young-peoples-health-outcomes-forum


September 2014 - 


Blog reached 45,000 views



17th September 2014 - 

Lucy did some filming for the Council for Disabled Children
Filming was about the new SEN and Disability reforms


19th September 2014 - 

Lucy and Kate's Listening Project conversation was played on BBC Radio 4
Part of The Listening Project by The British Library and BBC Radio 4 (Listen Here)



29th September 2014 - 

Lucy's (and Molly's) Council for Disabled Children video released
Video about the SEND reforms - Watch it here



2nd October 2014 - 

Lucy was chosen by The Media Trust to receive mentoring 
A journalist and health correspondent, Jane Kirby, will mentor Lucy



28th October 2014 - 


This blog hit 55,000 views
It's been up and running 22 months

Lucy's blog post, "Why is death a taboo?" will be simplified and used in a textbook for 11-14 year olds


31st October 2014 - 

Dreams Come True introduce Lucy as their new ambassador
Read the introduction here


17th November 2014 - 


Lucy's blog post is included in Ehlers-Danlos Support UK's magazine Fragile Links and is also the cover star
Lucy and Molly 
Click to see the blog post featured


19th November 2014 - 

Lucy spoke at the Children's Health and Wellbeing "Takeover Day" at the Department of Health
Read her speech here


22nd November 2014 - 

Lucy spoke at The J's Hospice Christmas Ball
Read her speech here


27th November 2014 - 

Lucy gave a presentation with her hospice nurse Bev Barclay at the "Leaders of Care - for equity, effectiveness and efficiency in children’s palliative care" event run by Together for Short Lives
Read her speech here


29th November 2014 - 

Lucy became a Trustee of the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust
Click here to go to their website, and/or read my blog post here






2015


January 2015 - 

Dreams Come True Ambassador Lucy's page on their website
Read it here


14th January 2015 - 

Lucy wrote a foreword to the Difficult Conversations booklet by Together for Short Lives and the National Council for Palliative Care
Click here for the article


29th January 2015 - 

A Cup of Tea with....Dreams Come True's Sarah Kirby Meets Lucy

Read it here  


February 2015 - 

Lucy's case study in Together for Short Lives' Helping Children Who Need Palliative Care To Access Education



February 2015 - 

Lucy and Molly were in Dogs Monthly representing Dog A.I.D.


19th February 2015 - 

Lucy announced as International Children's Palliative Care Network's first Youth Ambassador

Read about it on the ICPCN website
Read about it on the ehospice website
Read about it on the Echo News website
Read about it on the Southend Standard website
Read about it on the ehospice website (different article)


13th March 2015 - 


Lucy's Light reaches 80,000 views


16th March 2015 - 

Lucy's article for the Courageous Parents Network goes live on the CPN website
Read it here or on my blog here


23rd March 2015 -

Lucy is featured in a document by National Voices and Think Local Act Personal called My Life, My Support, My Choice: a vision for person centred coordinated care and support for children and young people with complex lives
Read the whole document here
Read the announcement here


26th March 2015 - 

Lucy appears in the Transition Information Network's My Future Choices magazine
Read it here


27th March 2015 - 

Lucy did some filming for Locomotive Media about life lessons and advice from people with life-limiting illnesses
Lucy, with Kate and Molly 


28th March 2015 - 

Lucy was in the top 3 finalists of Include Me TOO's Community Inspiration Awards Inspirational Young Person category
Go to their website here



2nd April 2015 - 

Lucy met and did some filming with Professor Julia Downing for the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) which will be used at the World Health Assembly
Read about it on ehospice


11th April 2015 - 

Lucy's Light reached 90,000 views after having a record 3,346 views in one day



14th April 2015 - Lucy's Children's Palliative Care and ICPCN Now Campaign blog post is highlighted on the ehospice website
Read the article here
Read the blog post here


14th-15th April 2015 - 

Lucy's Council for Disabled Children SEND reforms video was played at the Together for Short Lives Living Matters Conference
You can watch the video here


22nd April 2015 - 

Lucy wrote the foreword to a booklet on transition for Together for Short Lives
You can read about the booklet here and request to download or buy it here



3rd May 2015 - 

Lucy's ICPCN video was played at the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Taiwan 
Click here to go to the website


9th May 2015 - 

Lucy's Light reached 100,000 views
With 3000 Likes on Facebook


May 2015 - 

Lucy's story is going to be published in a book with two other life-limited young adults' stories, called Courage is Compulsory
Read about it here


19th May 2015 - 


Lucy's Dying Matters blog post was republished on the ehospice website
You can read the article here


25th May 2015 - 


Lucy's ICPCN video was played at the World Health Assembly 
Watch it here


7th July 2015 - 

Lucy was announced as one of the Health Service Journals' 50 Patient Leaders, in association with NHS England. The Patient Leaders Awards recognise patients who are changing and shaping healthcare in the UK
See the list of Patient Leader winners here


July 2015 - 


Lucy began working with Scope as one of their Community Champions and as part of their End the Awkward campaign
Go to their website here


August 2015 - 


Lucy was invited to work with the Royal College of Physician's Patient and Carer Network
Go to the Royal College of Physicians website here



23rd September 2015 - 

Lucy appeared on BBC Essex talking to Sadie Nine about her illness, her charity work and the fundraising and fundraising event
Listen to the programme here 
Lucy's part starts at 01:10:03 but there's a gap in the middle for the traffic news so don't forget to wait until after that for the second part of the interview. The second part starts at 01:15.40. 


25th September 2015 - 

Lucy's blog for the disability charity Scope's End The Awkward campaign was put up on the Scope blog
Read the blog here 


Lucy's blog for Healthy Life Essex was also put up today
Read the blog here


9th October 2015 - 


Lucy attended the first Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust (PORT) Patient Information Day at The Wingate Institute as Trustee for PORT, and also spoke on her journey with CIPO and about transition
Listen to Lucy's speech here


29th October 2015 - 


Lucy's #HereForThe49000 blog post was highlighted by ehospice
Read the article here
Read the blog post here


4th November 2015 - 

Lucy started filming for a BBC 3 documentary on digital legacies


17th November 2015 - 

Lucy went to Parliament for the second time for Together for Short Lives, speaking to MPs and hospice and palliative care professionals about the importance of 24/7 care
Blog post to follow


30th November 2015 - 

Lucy appeared on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and on the Newsbeat website about sexuality and life-limiting (life-shortening) conditions and disabilities, for The Open University Sexuality Alliance and Together for Short Lives' Talking about Sex, Sexuality and Relationships guidance that was launched on 1st December, as Lucy was asked to be the spokesperson
Read the article here
Listen to Lucy's appearance here
Read about the Sexuality Alliance here


1st December 2015 - 

Lucy co-chaired the Children's Health and Wellbeing Partnership's NHS Takeover Day event at the Department of Health
Read about the partnership here


2nd December 2015 - 


Lucy spoke at the Chelsea Chamber Choir's Christmas in Italy concert on behalf of The Wingate Institute, who were the beneficiaries of the concert, as asked by Professor Qasim Aziz, her consultant of 5 1/2 years and the institute's Director
Read her speech here


30th December 2015 - 


Lucy is appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her Services to Young People with Disabilities
She is now Lucy Watts MBE!
Read about it here.
Read Together for Short Lives' announcement
Read about it on The Guardian Website
Hear Lucy speak about it on the ITV website
Read about it on the Echo website 
Read about it on the Yellow Advertiser
Haverhill Echo
Disability News Service
Read about it on the Heart Essex website



31st December 2015 - 

Lucy appeared on Sky News talking about her MBE and her work
Watch it near the bottom of this post here.

Lucy also appeared on BBC Look East


1st January 2016 - 

Lucy appeared on BBC Essex


4th January 2016 - 

Lucy appeared on ehospice about receiving her MBE
Read it here. 


January 2016 - 

Lucy appeared on the same difference website about her MBE
Read it here


12th May 2016 - 

The BBC Three documentary Rest in Pixels went live on iPlayer and YouTube, Lucy appeared in the documentary
Watch the documentary here
Read Lucy's blog about the documentary here.  


23rd May 2016 - 

Lucy made a spoken poem video for Children's Hospice Week (23rd-29th May 2016)
Watch the video on Youtube here
Read the blog here



6th June 2016 - 

Lucy wrote a blog for Carers Week which was put on the Community Care website
You can read the blog here.


7th June 2016 - 

Rebecca Harris MP mentions Lucy in the Parliamentary Debate on palliative and hospice care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions
You can watch the debate here


9th June 2016 - 

Lucy received her MBE from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales in an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 
Read about her investiture on the following websites:
Lucy's blog about the day here
The ICPCN Website.
The ehospice website.
Southend Standard
Thurrock Gazette

13th June 2016 - 

Lucy wrote a blog about her MBE and how she manages her charity work with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome on the Hypermobility Syndromes Association Website
Read the article here. 


Lucy wrote a blog about her day at Buckingham Palace receiving her MBE for the Open University Sexuality Alliance
You can read the article here





















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