Iain Armitage has been awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Honours List for his services to fundraising in aid of Shooting Star Chase.

The honours list recognises the amazing achievements reached by individuals across the country.Iain first became involved with Shooting Star Chase when he experienced first-hand the support provided by the charity. Iain and his wife Charis’ son Lachlan had an extremely rare genetic disease called Tay Sachs. Following Lachlan’s diagnosis the couple were introduced to our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s.

On the day before Lachlan’s third birthday, while surrounded by his family and his favourite toys, he passed away peacefully.

One of the ways that Iain and Charis had coped with the news they received about Lachlan’s condition was to set up the Lachlan Armitage Tribute Fund. The Fund raises money for the hospice that loved Lachlan so much.

Since Iain’s involvement in 2006, he has helped raised over £560,000 by hosting incredible fundraising events for the charity. These have included numerous cycle rides with his friends from London to Paris. The funds raised went towards the sensory garden at Christopher’s in which Iain opened.

Iain was then involved in cycling from Battersea Park, Lachlan’s favourite London Park to Monaco as well as Milan to Monaco again raising an incredible amount of money for Shooting Star Chase. Iain was also successful in gaining his companies support and worked with them to host a 100 mile bike ride around the Kent countryside involving many of his colleagues.

In 2014, Iain and his family raised funds to celebrate what would have been Lachlan’s 10th birthday year. The family fun day attracted hundreds of people and during the year an unbelievable £100,000 was raised in celebration of Lachlan.

Emma Edwards, Head of Challenge Events at Shooting Star Chase said, “We are all so very pleased for Iain on this wonderful achievement – it is so truly deserved and we can’t thank him and Charis enough for all they have done in helping make such a difference to other families who find themselves in the most unimaginable circumstances.”

Iain Armitage said, “I am thrilled, honoured and humbled in equal measure to have been nominated for this award. However, it is an award for the whole of the Shooting Star Chase community and the incredible work that fundraisers, carers and families do in support of their children. I hope we can continue to raise awareness together of the marvellous work that the hospices do.”

Iain’s dedication and strong contribution, not just with regards to fundraising, but raising the profile of Shooting Star Chase is simply astounding and all at Shooting Star Chase are thrilled that all his efforts have been recognised in such a special way.