The prestigious President’s Medal from the College honours an individual(s) for outstanding work in the community either locally, nationally or internationally.
This year’s President’s Medal has been awarded to two exceptional candidates for their outstanding work in the community.
One medal has been awarded to Mr David Nott who has spent several weeks each year working in disaster and war zones, working in a voluntary capacity during his annual leave. He has worked with the Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of the Red Cross organisations and locations have included Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chad, Darfur, Gaza, Haiti, Iraq, Libya and Sierra Leone.
Also awarded is Mrs Deborah Monk for “Forgotten Feet”, a charity offering free podiatric care services to the homeless, socially isolated and vulnerable communities, a group often overlooked and neglected by society. The work is undertaken within locations that are easily accessible and often frequented by the clients to ensure optimal uptake of the service being offered. The service is primarily to alleviate pain and suffering in a population who would otherwise be unable to access podiatry services. In addition to assessment and treating a wide variety of painful or uncomfortable lower limb conditions and giving out fresh socks the podiatrist tries to ensure the clients are wearing appropriate footwear, which is often the cause of painful foot conditions.