Rotary Champions of Change

2016 Award presented at House of Lords

Kevin Walsh Rotary Champion of Change Award 2016

2016 Award presented at House of Lords

Rotary Champions of Change


Brampton & Longtown Rotarian, Kevin Walsh, is one of only four who received an award for his volunteer work primarily focused on addressing humanitarian concerns within Great Britain and Ireland.  The Champions received their awards at a ceremony at the House of Lords on the 20th April 2016.  The ceremony being hosted by Lord Inglewood and the awards presented by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson. 

Kevin was nominated for the award by District Governor Arthur Jones who noted that, “During the 2013/14 Rotary Year when Kevin was District Governor, Clubs started to implement a £73,000 investment in the District, which covers Cumbria & Lancashire. The project, to bring much needed life saving equipment for use by first responders in our communities, was match funded from our Rotary International Foundation and was made possible due to the generosity of Rotary Clubs across the District together with Rotary colleagues in Japan, India and South East Scotland.”

In the last 2 years, as the project has been implemented, mountain rescue teams have been provided with updated equipment including an automatic chest compressor for climbers who had suffered heart attacks and over 25 public access defibrillators have now been installed in local communities.   Rotarians and local communities have been trained in the use of this lifesaving equipment.

The “First Response” concept is being further developed to include the need for individuals to take more personal responsibility for their own health.  As local health provision continues to be stretched communities need to find ways to help themselves.  Rotary, with is emphasis on Service in our communities, is in a unique position to support these local needs.

Working in partnership with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing Kevin is leading teams of Rotarians, community leaders and health professionals in developing the Community Health Melas concept.   These events have been a feature of Rotary community service in Lancashire for some time and the project has enabled funding to be made available extend the reach of these events into Cumbria and beyond.  Click here for further information on the project.


On 17 March 2015 Margaret Lund of the Rotary Club of Fleetwood was one of a small number of Rotarians to receive an award recognising the impact they have made in their local or an international community.  The Award was introduced by Rotary in Great Britian and Ireland in 2014. Margaret received the award for her work promoting  the development of Rotakids Clubs around Cumbria & Lancashire.


In 2014 Jeffrey Fawcett of the Rotary Club of Penrith received the Champions of Change Award from, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at a ceremony in Whitehall.   

Kevin Walsh, District Governor (2013-2014) for Rotary in Cumbria & Lancashire said "Jeff was nominated for this award because of his determination to refurbish the Coronation Gardens in Penrith, a task which he realised in July 2013 after several years working with Eden District Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the local community."  "His efforts are a wonderful example of the Rotary  motto 'Service Above Self' and show what can be done when we work with our local communities."

Jeff said "I am delighted to be nominated as a Rotary Champion of Change and would like to acknowledge the support given to me by my colleagues in the Rotary club of Penrith, the specialty advisers and especially all the children and community groups who contributed to the successful garden design.  The Coronation Garden is now a valuable asset to the town and this makes the effort involved so worthwhile"

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