On Thursday 23rd March Pharmacist Support held its very first Hero Awards. The event, hosted by Charity Chair Professor Peter Noyce and Chief Executive Diane Leicester-Hallam, saw the charity present 10 awards to individuals, groups and organisations who supported us in our 175th anniversary year. First up was the Social Media Hero Award, introduced by Diane.
Greatest online charity advocate and fundraiser
“This Award recognises an individual who contacted the charity back in 2012 when he was about to publish his first book. He wanted to donate a percentage of his sales to the charity and asked if we would be happy to be associated with it. Since that initial contact, he has not only raised nearly £4,000 for the charity, but he has also championed all things Pharmacist Support in his many roles as Weldricks Teacher Practitioner at the University of Bradford and Pre-registration Lead for Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley RPS Local Practice Forum – but even more so in the online world.
In 2016 Pharmacist Support saw our social media interactions increase dramatically. This was helped by the thousands of followers who liked, responded to and shared our posts. But one person in particular stood out and we were delighted that last year he decided to formalise his championing activities by becoming one of the first Pharmacist Support Ambassadors.
Often out and about proudly sporting his charity T-shirt or hoodie whilst speaking at events, or raising money through book sales and bespoke GoGreen4PS pens, there can really be no other recipient of this award. Known to many as the artist formerly known as Mr Dispenser, but to us – Hero of all things social media – our Social Media Hero – Babir Malik.”
On receiving his award, Babir had this to say – “I am deeply honoured to be receiving the social media award for helping to disseminate the amazing work that Pharmacist Support undertake. I would like to thank my mum and broadband provider for making this possible.”
Presenting the Award on the night was event sponsor Leslie Morgan of Durbin and the Morgan Charitable Foundation.
“Everyone at Durbin PLC is delighted to be helping Pharmacist Support. You do fantastic work, and as Pharmacists, we all feel privileged to know you are always there for us. Let us hope that in the next 175 years, you will keep going from strength to strength.” – Leslie Morgan, OBE, DL, FRPharmS