The Hibbs Lupus Trust are delighted to announce that the Rhys Parker Memorial Award for 2017 is awarded to Kellie Green.
The award, supported by family and friends of Rhys, reflects Rhys’ friendship, bravery and courage to help support others despite his own illness. Rhys Parker died in September 2013. He was just 36 years old.
In memory of Rhys, the award seeks to recognise and celebrate a person or group who has made a substantial contribution to the lupus community which exemplifies the character of Rhys Parker.
Kellie is serial fundraiser not only for The Hibbs Lupus Trust but for many local charities. She has championed the work of the Trust over many years and with her latest event for lupus support: ‘Run for Rachel‘ in March this year, she bought together hundreds of local runners and families for a special event in support of her sister, which raised an incredible £4,072.43. She will often be found in local running and cycling races sporting a Trust top helping to raise valuable awareness. Kellie’s commitment to fund raising and increasing awareness of lupus is selfless. She is a leading light in promoting the work of the charity and bringing likeminded individuals together for a good cause.
She epitomises the spirit of Rhys Parker and is thoroughly deserving of the award and we cannot thank her enough for all of her wonderful support.
The Trust are very grateful for all of the fantastic nominations for people who have made such a significant contribution to raising awareness and funds to support those living with lupus, which made the decision incredibly difficult again this year. Every single nomination was worthy of merit and we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who took the time to suggest a candidate.