Congratulations to Caroline Husain from Chandler’s Ford, who has been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2018.
Caroline has been recognised for decades of ‘services to charity and the community in Chandlers Ford’ with a BEM (The British Empire Medal).
Caroline has been fundraising for the charity CLIMB since 1984. Eastleigh Borough Council also honoured her outstanding work, and in 2009, Caroline was awarded the title of Citizen of Honour.
I knew Caroline through the Methodist Church’s Coffee Room (now the Dovetail Centre Café) 16 years ago, and in recent years, I’ve got to know more about Caroline through her passion in raising awareness and fundraising for the charity called Climb, Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases.
You may wonder, what is CLIMB about? Here is an informative video explaining what an Inherited Metabolic Disorder is and the effects on the body.
Climb is the leading patient organisation for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, supporting thousands of families worldwide. The charity raises awareness and provides bespoke support to families, patients and professionals to improve the lives of those affected by Inherited Metabolic Disorders.
Caroline carries the spirit of altruism all her life. She lost two precious children to metabolic diseases: Rebecca was only six days old when she died in 1979, while Christopher was 27 months’ old when he died in 1985. Though devastated, however, Caroline channels her energy into supporting others.
In January 1989, Southern Evening Echo published a story about Caroline: “Caroline’s Search for Miracle Cure: Tragic mum in brave bid to help dying children.”
The mission of CLIMB is ‘to be the world’s leading advocate and provider of bespoke support to families, signpost to the best experts, raise awareness amongst the medical, healthcare, social care and teaching professions and fund research for treatments and ultimately cures’.
Climb’s work and reputation in delivering these objectives has also spread from the UK to Europe and beyond.
Joint Charities Annual Christmas Market
Caroline is also one of the organisers of the Joint Charities Annual Christmas Market, held annualy at the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church hall. The event has been running for 47 years and is a well-loved event in the Chandler’s Ford community.
The Joint Charities Christmas Market raises money each year not just for CLIMB, but also for many charities, improves their profiles, and also encourages public participation.
Congratulations to Caroline from all of us from Chandler’s Ford Today.
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