British Citizen Award
Jennifer Gill, co-founder of the LoveOliver charity, is being recognised with a British Citizen Award for her contribution to volunteering and charitable giving. The Awards, taking place on 25 January at the Palace of Westminster, will recognise 36 individuals who are doing extraordinary things in their local community.
Jennifer has helped raise more than £470,000 for families affected by cancer after sadly losing her son Oliver to cancer in 2010.
LoveOliver works closely with the CLIC Sargent Social Workers in Scotland to provide supermarket vouchers and financial grants for families, and gift packs for teenagers and children who have suffered a relapse. Jennifer has also provided various items of furniture for CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home CLIC Villa in Edinburgh which provides free accommodation for families during their child’s cancer treatment.
Heather Wilson, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker who has worked closely with Jennifer, said, "I am in a privileged position to work in partnership with Jennifer and I have seen the difference that LoveOliver makes to children with cancer and their families. I have delivered gift bags to children on days when treatment feels tough and long, brightening up their day. I have seen how a supermarket voucher is appreciated by parents as they worry about how they will cope with the additional costs that accompany a cancer diagnosis, and I have seen the relief that a grant can bring to parents as they support their child through the most difficult."
Ellen Finlayson, CLIC Sargent Assistant Director of Services, said, “CLIC Sargent would like to say a massive thank you to Jennifer for all the support she has given to us, and huge congratulations on being recognised with such a prestigious award. The work you do with LoveOliver in Scotland is essential in helping families affected by childhood cancer, and you deserve to be recognised for your achievements.”