The Black Farmer presents Awareness Raising Champion Award

Awareness Raising Champion

Winner
Their Name : Jean Foster
Their Address : 14 North Street
Maryport,
CA15 6HR

Why they should be recognised:
Jean is an inspiration to all those coeliac sufferers she encounters. Jean is an active member of Coeliac UK but more recently has taken on the position of Coeliac Lifestyle Advisor to sufferers in Allerdale (West Cumbria).  Jean visits people in their own home as soon as they are diagnosed, and often she manages to do this within a week on their diagnoses.  Jean will travel to the most rural of locations to offer support and advice to sufferers.  As part of the scheme Jean is asked to leave a feedback form for patients to complete and send back to me.  These are a few of the amazing comments made about Jean:
‘I had previously spoken to the doctor and dietician about managing the diet for my 9-year-old, but I got a lot more from speaking to someone who has the condition and has to live with it daily.’
‘I found the expert patient, friendly, reassuring and knowledgeable.  Her local knowledge of suppliers was particularly helpful’.
‘I was diagnosed on Monday 30/03, by Friday 03/04 I was amazed at all the help I had received.’
‘It is so nice that I can ring this lady up if I have any questions and that she knows everything when I know nothing.  It is a great relief.’

The Black Farmer at Coeliac UK AGM

The Black Farmer at Coeliac UK AGM

‘It is nice to see someone who really cares about my condition.’
Jean is paid a nominal fee to cover her travel expenses, but I can say without doubt that Jean always goes the extra mile to help any coeliac sufferer.  I hope you will consider her for an award for the outstanding contribution she makes to peoples lifes.

Runner Up
Dot Taylor of the Exmouth Group has been fantastic in her efforts over Awareness Week 2009. In addition to working closely with the National Trust she organised events throughout at a variety of venues.

Special Commendation
Sandra Bathgate, who has been promoting the Charity and people with coeliac disease over the past 10 years through her role as Group Organiser for the North Cumbria and South Lancs Group.

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~ by theblackfarmer on July 12, 2009.

One Response to “The Black Farmer presents Awareness Raising Champion Award”

  1. Wilfred, I too live in West Cumbria and have met Jean on a few occassions. Can I just take a moment to say how delighted I am you to discover she has won this award. She is a shining example to us all for her hard work and dedication. Like many I too remember very well speaking to her in those early days after being diagnosed as a coeliac sufferer, although it was 18 years ago.
    I would also add that the phrase ‘coeliac sufferer’ is so much better than referring to gluten sensitivity as a ‘disease’. I had never heard of coeliac disease, when my GP first told me I had it. I think I went white and turned round and asked ‘how long do I got left’.
    Thank you and congratulations again to Jean

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