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Grief founder wins award

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-11-09

Shelley Gilbert and Kevin Wells

Shelley Gilbert and Kevin Wells

A Jewish woman who set up a charity to help bereaved children has been recognised for her contribution to society by winning the Jewish Care Minerva Award.

Shelley Gilbert, 50, lost her mother to breast cancer at four and her father through illness at nine, set up the charity to Grief Encounter.

Kevin Wells, patron of Grief Encounter – and father of murdered schoolgirl Holly Wells – was invited to present Shelley with the award at the Minerva Business Luncheon at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London attended by 800 people.

"It is my privilege to invite the driving force and founder of Grief Encounter to accept this prestigious award so that her motivation, selflessness and clarity of vision can be formally recognised," said Wells.

Accepting her award, Gilbert said: "I always wanted to put something back into the society that had given me a second chance, to help children who can never have their mummy or daddy again. Grief Encounter helps them with our specialist knowledge and care."