Queens Birthday Honours Awards MBE

The founder of Born Too Soon, Pauline Woods has been hounoured by Her Majesty the Queen and been awarded an MBE.

Pauline issued a statment:

I am very proud to announce that I have been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List. Thank you to my family, friends and colleagues without whom this recognition would not have happened. I am honoured to accept it on behalf of the tens of thousands of precious babies and their families who I was privileged to meet over the past 36 years. Always remembering all the babies who have sadly died. Born Too Soon has been and will always be dedicated to making the journey through the Neonatal Unit the best it can possibly be and ensuring that the families who don’t get to take their babies home that we are able to ensure with the #DaisyRoom they will have some precious memories and which #AmandaHolden opened in memory of a beautiful baby Girl Daisy. I am so lucky to have been part of an amazing team at Kingston Hospital Maternity and Neonatal Unit, Marie Richter, Paediatric Outreach Nursing Team, Paediatrics and #ClareWard and Martin Bright. I can honestly say that for me Born Too Soon has and will always be a Labour of Love. Thank you to my husband Michael and my Children and their families Pat Woods Michelle Whittington Caroline Parker Cat Frost and my wonderful Grandchildren and always remembering our sons Tom and Jack. Thank you to all the people and organisations that have supported Born Too Soon – Kingston Hospital Since 1985. Rotary Club of Kingston upon Thames #StageGolfingSociety, #Barclays, #JohnLewis, #Bentalls local schools and colleges. Every single penny counts and this last year has been very difficult for the charity so please consider just a pound.
Remembering some of the other founder members and those who have been a huge part of it over the years
I dedicate this award to my family and my Dear Mother Mary (Mae)from Ballinaglera, County #Leitrim and where I was proud to live and My Father Edward from #Stradbally, County #Waterford sadly no longer alive. I am so proud of my Irish Heritage. I would like to thank the NHS for keeping me alive after having over 40 major surgeries including Heart and Lung at St George’s cared for by the wonderful Mr Norman L Wright and Bowel Cancer cared for by Mr Ian Bloom Mr Andrew Pooley, Mr. Adrian Fawcett , Mr Bob Phillips and Professor Brian Saunders. Thank you to my family and the wonderful NHS
Please support Paulines fund raising page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pauline-woods19