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Jamaican charity worker to get award in UK

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM
CONTRIBUTED Angelia Christian, founder of United Kingdom (UK)-based Angel Foundation, is set to receive an award in the UK.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

JAMAICAN CHARITY worker Angelia Christian, founder of United Kingdom-based (UK) Angel Foundation, an organisation that has donated medical supplies, including two ambulances, to Jamaica, is to be recognised for her work by Word4Weapons in the UK.

Christian has been selected to receive a Word4Weapons Community Award in the category of Charity Champions at a function to be held at St Mark's Church on Kennington Park Road in London on October 1.

She will receive a Special Gold Key Community Award in recognition of her "being an ideal role model" in her community.

"Your accomplishments and courageous spirit are an inspiration to all," Word4Weapons stated in the letter sent to inform her of the award.

"Only by telling stories like yours can we hope to educate the public about the personal achievements and contributions being made in and around the UK. As such, we would like to recognise your achievements at our awards ceremony," the letter stated.

IMMENSE CONTRIBUTION

Christian is being recognised for her contributions to Jamaica and the UK.

In the UK, she has worked several years as an operational officer at HMP Pentonville, in charge of reducing re-offending rates of inmates at the prison. She is known for using horticulture as a means of therapy and transition back into the community for inmates.

In Jamaica, less than two years ago, Christian, through Angel Foundation, donated two ambulance units and medical equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Health, after raising funds through events she staged in the UK.

Christian's mission to help the local medical sector will continue in December, when the Angel Foundation will hand over a blood-transfusion unit to the Blood Bank at Slipe Pen Road in Kingston.

The unit has already been acquired and will be shipped to Jamaica shortly.