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05 January 2018
Alison Blair MBE

The Direção (Management Board) are delighted to announce that former President, Alison Blair, who was the vision and motivation behind Madrugada’s birth and development has been recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours List. Alison has been awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire).

The New Year’s Honours List is part of the British honours system. Given in recognition of the achievements and service of extraordinary people, New Year's Day is marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and other official honours. The awards are presented by or in the name of the Queen.

During her time as Clinical Lead and President of Madrugada from 2009 – 17 Alison led and developed the care and support services offered to over 100 patients with life limiting illness, and their loved ones. To grow the Association required tremendous determination, tenacity and creativity as Alison challenged misconceptions about palliative care. Now Madrugada is recognised as a leading provider of palliative care and the only association to provide this care and support free to patients at end of life, and their loved ones in Portugal.  

As stated by John Hough (Vice-President) when Alison retired from the Association, "The many letters of gratitude from 'Madrugada families' are testament to the importance and success of what Alison set out to achieve when the idea to create the organisation was conceived back in February 2009."

On behalf of the Volunteers & Members of Madrugada we send our heartfelt congratulations to Alison for this well-deserved recognition of her work.