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Janet Horton, FMA UK trustee, awarded a ''Highly Commended Volunteer'' by Small Charities Coalition and Merkel UK

We are delighted to announce that Janet Horton, a long-standing trustee of FMA UK, has been awarded a ‘’Highly Commended Volunteer’ recognition by Small Charities Coalition and Merkel UK for her outstanding volunteering work and commitment in all her voluntary roles, including as trustee and a volunteer for FMA UK.

 Janet has been working tirelessly in the fibromyalgia field for two decades despite living with this condition herself. She became trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK in 1997 and has also been actively involved in many projects of the charity.

Janet has been answering Benefits Helpline calls since 1993 and emails from desperate people in sometimes dramatic and emergency situations; she frequently does it during ‘’unsociable hours’’.

Janet has also been volunteering as an advisor with her local CAB since 1990 and trained as a Bereavement Volunteer (BV) for Cruse Bereavement Care in 1997 and now volunteers as a supervisor for other BVs.

There are many obstacles and personal limitations Janet has to overcome to be able to volunteer and help others. Suffering from fibromyalgia, a debilitating incurable condition that causes a disability, Janet has to overcome disabling fatigue and pain along with many other health problems every day to be able to volunteer. 

When Janet started over 20 years ago working as a volunteer in raising awareness of fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia was little known condition. Janet has helped to change it. She has been working as a volunteer giving countless hours week after week, year after year to raise the profile of fibromyalgia and to help people affected by it. Janet has been a catalyst for positive changes in fibromyalgia awareness in the UK and her volunteering deserves recognition. She is an example of a heroic struggle to make the lives of millions of people suffering from fibromyalgia better and healthier.

To read about Janet’s recognition and the Awards, click the link below:

https://www.markeluk.com/britains-best-volunteer/finalists

 

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