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  • Writer's pictureKatherine Fortnum

So Proud To Get Paul Harris Fellowship Award

Amazing news that I hinted at a while ago, but I was waiting for photos! Some of you may know that in my spare time I like to help out for charity, I am a volunteer for the charity Different Strokes Charity. I run a stroke support group for working age stroke survivors, for those in Market Harborough and the surrounding areas. I am also a Rotarian, I volunteer for the worldwide charity Rotary International, who are known for irradiating polio.

A few weeks ago now I was awarded with a prestigious honour from Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for the charitable contribution that I have made by building the stroke group up from scratch and almost single handily running it for the past 4 or so years. A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

I feel very honoured to be given this acknowledgement as it is not given out lightly or to many people. Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including US president Jimmy Carter, Russian president Boris Yeltsin, astronaut James Lovell, UN secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

I am beaming!

If you know any young working age stroke survivors in the local area get them to give me a buzz, it really does enrich the lives of those who attend

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