Patrick Vernon & Emma Colyer honoured


Patrick Vernon and Emma Colyer, two unsung heroes were rightly rewarded for their unstinting efforts in the world of healthcare in last weekends Queen’s Jubliee Honours.

Patrick Vernon a local councillor and CEO of the Afiya Trust, a national charity which works to reduce health inequalities, was awarded an OBE for his services to tackling these inequalities. For more than 20 years he has dedicated most of his life campaigning for better access to healthcare from minority groups.

A modest Vernon said,

‘It hasn’t quite sunk in yet because I’m too busy working. It’s great when people put you forward and it’s brilliant that your peers recognise your achievement and the work I have done at a national level, there’s still more to do’.

Vernon has dedicated his honour to his parents.

Emma Colyer was awarded an MBE in this Diamond Jubilee Honours. She is the founder and director of Body and Soul, an organization that wonderfully helps those living with HIV overcome their difficulties and lead productive and joyful lives.

One of the many individuals that have come through the doors of Body and Soul said,

"When I was diagnosed with HIV my world felt like it had fallen apart. Body & Soul has literally been the difference between life and death for me. Through Emma’s passion and the support, love, motivation and knowledge I have received, I have been given hope and an ability to take control of my life. It is fantastic that the impact that Emma has had on our lives has been recognised in this way – she is completely one of a kind."

I know both Patrick and Emma and they are truly wonderful human beings. In a modern world  which too often  applauds and rewards the self obsessed and vain glory these two are from the other end of that spectrum. They are driven selflessly to serve others. It is clear that by  recognising the work individuals such as Patrick and Emma do  the Queen’s Honour system has a crucial role to play in our society.

Well done to you both.

Simon Woolley

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Congratulations Patrick - V.well deserved.

Congratulations to Patrick on his OBE. V. well deserved. I know Patrick as the CEO of the Afiya Trust. I look up to, admire and respect him greatly. It is great to know that at least some of the people receiving Honours really deserve them!

OBE for Patrick Vernon

I am really pleased that Patrick Vernon has been recognised for the sterling work he has been doing at Afiya. His OBE is very deserved and as he pointed out there is still lots more work to be done.

Congratulations Patrick, keep on going on!

Well done Patrick

Another well deserved honour, and recognition. Well done Patrick!

OBE for Patrick Vernon

Congratulations Patrick
Delighted to hear the news just after your visit to us up here in Nottingham.
It is a pleasure to count you as a colleague and friend, who tirelessly works to improve the lot of so many, yet still finds time to help others trace their Caribbean roots.

It wasn't until I introduced you to our contacts in Nottingham that I realised how much you do to support and help others, in addition to being the Afiya Trust's CEO. (Thanks to Meena and the Afiya Trust team for their support too)

As I said before you always have my back at important meetings and are a fount of knowledge and expertise when needed. I look forward to seeing the photo of you receiving your well deserved OBE.

Best wishes


Rose Thompson
BME cancer.communities.