We are really proud to announce that Gordon Samuel, Katie’s father, was a double winner in the Merton Civic Awards 2015 organised by the Wimbledon Guardian and Merton Council in recognition of many inspirational people in the borough. Gordon not only won The Mayor of Merton’s Award for Outstanding Achievement but also the Community Award and was commended in the Courage category too. The Awards presentation took place on 15th July at the Antoinette Hotel, Wimbledon.
As Gordon and Avril were on holiday, Hannah Pettit, a Trustee of KHMT and a close friend of Katie’s represented Gordon at the presentation of the awards. In accepting the awards on Gordon’s behalf, Hannah told the audience: “Katie would have been so proud of her father. What he went through, no parent should ever have to go through. After she died, he set up the Trust and it was a way for him to focus his grief.”