Merseyside Resident To Be Honoured With A Coveted British Citizen Award

Kim Hughes, from Merseyside is to be recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a British Citizen Award in recognition of her extraordinary endeavours. The British Citizen Award, in partnership with One Stop, is now in its fifth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

Kim will be honoured for her services to volunteering and charitable giving with a BCAv, at an official medal presentation being held on 23rd January 2020.

Kim has been a volunteer for Apex Charitable Trust since 1998.  She works with and supports ex-offenders helping them to turn their lives around. Kim shows kindness and compassion believing everyone deserves a second chance. She knows that education and opportunities not only help reduce reoffending, but strengthen communities by giving people a sense of purpose and worth.

For 20 years Kim’s dedication has seen her take on more responsibility and since 2006 she has been leader of the Trust.  Whilst pursuing her duties as charity CEO and passionately supporting clients, Kim also battled her own personal health conditions, being diagnosed with MS and undergoing various medical treatments, but upholding her charity commitment throughout.

Over the 20 years Kim has supported numerous ex-offenders, helping them achieve meaningful paid employment and she has secured over £1 million to keep the charity running. At the same time Kim has provided support and encouragement to her entire team of staff. Kim has provided and continues to provide empathetic support and advice to ex-offenders without judgement, including a lady convicted of fraud and deception, who through Kim’s guidance and mentoring has gone on to achieve a degree in criminology and a PHD. 

The Medal presentation will be hosted at the House of Lord’s by TV’s Michael Underwood who, together with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, is a patron of the British Citizen Award, which was established in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked. Dubbed the People’s Honours, many recipients have subsequently been selected to receive a Queen’s Honour after their endeavours have been recognised with a BCA.

Each medalist has a day to remember befitting their achievements. At the Palace of Westminster each will receive a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medals will be presented by Senior Representatives from official partner One Stop, Places for People, Specsavers, Experian and Objective HR who all support these awards. Following this, medalists are treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour tour before attending a Certificate presentation at the prestigious Church House.  

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavor and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.


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